The Christology of Mark
By Tami Jelinek
“Christology” can be both literally and literarily defined as the study of how and why Jesus is truthfully called “Christ.” This Christological analysis of Mark’s gospel presupposes that Jesus’ identity as Christ can be substantiated from the text, which we also presuppose is an authoritative witness toward such an evaluation. Synonyms for “Christ” or “Messiah” in Mark’s gospel include “Son of Man” and “Son of God,” as this study will show. Through a Christological hermeneutical approach, which focuses on a theological reading of the text and considers its salvific significance as primary, this paper will examine four sources within the gospel of Mark witnessing to the identity of Jesus: 1) the evangelist’s references to Old Testament prophecy through his narration of events; 2) Mark’s record of the statements made about Jesus by others; 3) Mark’s record of Jesus’ own actions; and 4) Mark’s record of Jesus’ own words.
Tami Jelinek is a part-time senior care giving coordinator and full-time seminarian, currently working toward her Master of Divinity degree. Tami and her husband of twenty-six years, Keith, reside in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They have three grown children. Tami’s personal passion is theology: the knowledge and experience of the Truth and Mercy found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and displayed in the lives and communion of His people. Exploring portraits of Christ and His kingdom in the Old Testament is the primary focus of her studies. Tami and Keith enjoy traveling, and love to fill their home with friends and family who share their fondness for good food, good wine, and great conversation.