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Lord of the Cosmos: Mithras, Paul, And the Gospel of Mark [Paperback]

By Michael Patella (Author)
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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 24, 2006
Publisher   T. & T. Clark Publishers
ISBN  0567025322  
EAN  9780567025326  

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In Lord of the Cosmos, Patella demonstrates the ways in which the Roman Imperial religion imbues Paul's letter and subsequently Mark's Gospel. Mark resonated in the imperial capital and beyond because of its inherent participationist theology, a theology probably augmented by Paul and possibly introduced by him. In his own writings, Paul draws from Mithraic vocabulary and symbolism. Mithraism itself functions within the cosmic framework outlined in Plato's Timaeus. Pauline theology, with its Mithraic overtones, coheres with the Markan theme of Christ's cosmic victory over Satan; Paul and Mark share a similar view of Christ's salvific act. With the Bartimaeus pericope (10:46-52), the Markan Gospel demonstrates that believers, by their call to discipleship, participate in that victory. This whole process is signaled by the baptism with its divine communication and actions of descent and ascent, a strong Pauline concept. Patella shows that the Markan presentation of Jesus' death, the climax of the narrative, brings the act of divine communication full circle. At the baptism, God communicates to creation, and with Jesus' cry from the cross, creation replies in despair. Jesus' death is not the end of the story, however. The women at the tomb realize this fact and are awestruck at its significance, which is the reason that they do not tell anyone what they have witnessed. The notice to meet Jesus in Galilee is an affirmation of the resurrection. By moving from the area of the dead, that is the tomb, to the land of the living, Galilee, Mark echoes the cosmic theology in Paul, which moves from life to death, and back to eternal life. >

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Paul and Roman Mithraism?  Nov 2, 2006
Per the editorial review:
"In his own writings, Paul draws from Mithraic vocabulary and symbolism."

That's interesting, considering the earliest Roman mention of Mithras was by Statius (ca. 80-92 AD) and modern scholarship places the earliest known Roman Mithraic bull-slaying monument to ca. 100 AD (see Richard Gordon, "The date and significance of CIMRM 598 [British Museum, Townley Collection]", JMS 2, 1977-8, 148-74) and Paul was dead by then.

If this author was using the outdated work of Cumont to develop this untenable theory - well, that's simply embarrassing. The controversial theory of David Ulansey offers no earlier concrete evidence either as all he has to go on is the second hand (or made up) account of Plutarch who connects the Roman cult with some Cilician pirates ca. 62 BC. But beyond this unsubstantiated literary reference the only concrete evidence for the Roman cult appears in the latter part of the 1st century AD...after Paul had "flourished."

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