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Document Details :
Title: Mark's 'Legal System'
Subtitle: Contributions from the Anthropology of Law
Author(s): NEYREY, Jerome H.
Volume: 103 Issue: 2 Date: 2022
Mark narrates the traditional controversies between Jesus and others. But it appears that he operates out of a 'legal system'. This includes the Ten Commandments, the law given by God. Mark acknowledges their authority and publication, which grounds Jesus’ statements, thus excluding expansions which permit and prohibit. But these controversies can be clarified by the use of the anthropology of law, which identifies 'norms', 'customs', and 'law'. This allows us to assess Mark’s systematic resistance by Jesus to anything that would create binding customs.