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Title: Mark 15,39 and the So-Called Confession of the Roman Centurion
Author(s): JOHNSON, Earl S.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 81    Issue: 3   Date: 2000   
Pages: 406-413
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.81.3.3200448

Abstract :
Continuing examination of the grammatical, literary and historical evidence indicates that the centurion's remarks about Jesus in Mark 15,39 cannot be understood as a full Christian confession of Jesus' divine sonship, and cannot be taken as a direct challenge to any Roman emperor in particular. Jesus' identity in the gospel is not revealed by the centurion, the demons, the disciples or in the introduction to the gospel. It is made clear by God's declaration that he truly is the Son (1,11; 9,7), and in the faith of the readers as they search for Jesus' presence in their own community.

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