Mark and Aristotle: The Christ Embodied as Tragic Hero

Norman A. Bert

Addressing the question of the formation of the Gospel of Mark, Norman A. Bert argues that Mark’s portrait of Jesus and the very shape of the Gospel were patterned on dramatic and narrative concepts as set forth in Aristotle’s Poetics. Bert demonstrates that Aristotelian principles informed the conception of the Gospel, its selection and treatment of materials, its structure, and its style. This paper examines the multiple parallels between Mark’s Gospel and classic tragedy. It argues that Mark’s act of creation brought together in powerful synthesis the prophet from Galilee and the sage from Athens. Mr. Bert is Professor of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University.

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