One of the most lamentable aspects of Christendom's history has
been the long-standing antipathy of some of its members toward
persons of the Jewish faith. However, the writer of Mark's gospel
did not intend to promulgate such antipathy. Parker's
groundbreaking re-assessment of how the evangelist applies Jewish
scriptures serves to establish the true nature of Mark's
unfavourable depiction of Judaism's custodians as a theological
construct. The overriding purpose behind Mark's caricature of
Jesus' compatriots was to explain the presence of "faulty" belief,
or even unbelief, among a Gentile readership. Subsequent
generations have mistakenly given historical credence to Mark's
account of Jesus's ministry. Regrettably, this has resulted in the
erroneous theological legitimization of atrocities against the
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