2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Prophet Behind the Prophet: The Intertextuality of Mark 11-13 and Jeremiah 7

James J. Nicholson
Dr. Jennifer Jesse , Faculty Mentor

That there are clear instances of intertextuality between the Synoptic Gospels and the Old Testament is an undisputed fact among Biblical scholars. The disagreements arise when determining between which passages such intertextualities occur. This paper argues for the intertextual connection of Mark 11-13 with Jeremiah 7. It demonstrates that the author of Mark used Jeremiah’s message in Jeremiah 7 as a template for Jesus’ message in Mark 11-13, as evidenced by the fact that Jesus’ message parallels Jeremiah’s in 8 distinct ways: (1) the audience of the message; (2) the location in which the message is given; (3) the impending judgement preached; (4) the sending of prophets that preceded; (5) the use of the phrase “a den of robbers”; (6) the expressed desires of God; (7) the prophesied destruction of the Temple; and (8) the prophesied presence of “abominations” in the Temple.


Keywords: Mark 11-13, Jeremiah 7, Intertextuality, Temple, Jesus, Jeremiah

Topic(s):PHRE Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Face-to-Face Oral Presentation

Session: 201-4
Location: SUB GEO
Time: 11:15

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