And Judas Iscariot, he that was one of the twelve, went away unto the chief priests, that he might deliver him unto them. (ASV)
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[COLOR="Blue"]JW[/COLOR]: You're jumping ahead of me but I think the use of "Judas" in "Mark" may be the best example of the use of a Name as evidence of Fiction in "Mark". First, the UseLyisses:
"and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him."
"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended in him."
"And Judas Iscariot, he that was one of the twelve, went away unto the chief priests, that he might deliver him unto them."
"And straightway, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders."
"Judas" would be the name most closely associated with Judah and Judea. "Mark" [I]only[/I] uses this Name as follows in his Gospel:
1) A [B]Brother[/B] of Jesus.
2) A Disciple of Jesus who [B]Betrays[/B] Jesus (oh boy was he Betrayed!).
Note that most of the characters in "Mark" are not named. If "Mark's" intent was a Fictional use of Names fewer Names has the Literary advantage of making it [I]easier[/I] for the Reader to Identify the Name connections.
As I mentioned at the start of this Thread if logical reasons for the unusual presentation of names can be identified that are consistent with Literary Themes of the author than the randomness associated with any sample is significantly reduced and we have some evidence for Fictional intent. To the extent this connection can be made for other Names, potentially the evidence for Fiction can go from "some" to "good".
[B]Generally[/B] "Mark" has a major Theme of Jesus being Rejected by "The Jews". His use of "Judas" here fits this Theme very well as Judas was a [B]Brother[/B] of Jesus and [B]Disciple[/B] and Betrayed Jesus.
[B]Specifically[/B] "Mark" has Dialogue which makes the same point:
35 "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
An assertion that Judas his Brother is not his Brother and Judas his Disciple is his Brother.
12 "And brother shall deliver up brother to death"
A prophecy that a Brother shall betray brother to death. Exactly what his Brother Disciple Judas did to him.
Let The Reader understand.