Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gospel of St Mark and the Deuterocanon

Mark 4:5,16-17 - Jesus' description of seeds falling on rocky ground and having no root follows Sirach 40:15.

And other some fell upon stony ground, where it had not much earth; and it shot up immediately, because it had no depth of earth… And these likewise are they that are sown on the stony ground: who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and persecution ariseth for the word they are presently scandalized.
Mark 4:5, 16, 17
The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock. Sirach 40:15
Mark 9:46-48 - description of hell where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched references Judith 16:17.

And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee with one eye to enter into the kingdom of God, than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished. For every one shall be salted with fire: and every victim shall be salted with salt.
Mark 9:46-48
Woe be to the nation that riseth up against my people: for the Lord almighty will take revenge on them, in the day of judgment he will visit them. Judith 16:17
Mark 12:20-22 - Gospel writers refer to the canonicity of Tobit 3:8 and 7:11 regarding the seven brothers.

Now there were seven brethren; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no issue. And the second took her, and died: and neither did he leave any issue. And the third in like manner. And the seven all took her in like manner; and did not leave issue. Last of all the woman also died. Mark 12:20-22
Because she had been given to seven husbands, and a devil named Asmodeus had killed them, at their first going in unto her. Tobit 3:8 Now when Raguel heard this he was afraid, knowing what had happened to those seven husbands, that went in unto her: and he began to fear lest it might happen to him also in like manner: and as he was in suspense, and gave no answer to his petition,... Tobit 7:11

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