In the wake of an unacceptable number of school shootings, the country is in agreement that something must be done. As far as what should be done, well, we seem to be even more divided than we are on most other political issues – and in America that’s saying something.
I’ve known how to write for a very, very long time. But knowing how to write doesn’t make you a writer, in the same way that knowing how to shoot a basketball doesn’t make you an athlete (although it took me quite a while to realize that).
Although unknown, the author of the Gospel of Mark was almost undoubtedly a male, just like the rest of Biblical authors are assumed to be. By using the feminist method of Biblical criticism, we can closely examine how the author, both explicitly and implicitly, views women. Living in an extremely patriarchal society, the author clearly displays the sexism that was so common in the era, and so common throughout the Bible itself. This negative view of women is especially exposed in the passage of Mark 7:24-30, in which Jesus interacts with a Syrophoenician Gentile woman.