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Title: The 'Sign from Heaven' and the 'Bread from Heaven' (Mark 8,10-13)
Author(s): DE CAMPOS, Mateus F.
Volume: 98 Issue: 2 Date: 2017
Mark 8,10-13 has attracted the attention of exegetes for its cryptic meaning and elusive literary function. The story seems to break a natural transition from the feeding of the multitudes (8,1-10) to the rebuke of the disciples’ lack of understanding thereof (8,14-21). Even more elusive is the precise nature of the request. It is not self-evident what exactly is being asked, why it is asked, and why it is denied. This essay argues that the narratives about the manna and their traditional development provide Mark with a conceptual framework for the story, in line with the Christological concerns of the narrative.