Monday lectionary email, archived here on Friday.
Why caricature the rich man as smug and self-righteous when Mark shows him humbly asking an existential question?
How to approach Jesus' strict teaching about divorce and remarriage as it appears in Mark's Gospel, without the somewhat more lenient amendments of Matthew and Paul?
When Jesus' disciples imitate Joshua, the irony is delicious: they have just spectacularly failed to cast out the demon troubling a boy from childhood.
It made a lot of sense for Jesus to use the metaphor of animal sacrifice—at least, it did in the first century.