The Chiasm of the Introduction and Conclusion of the Explanation of the Parables of Mark 4: The Insiders and the Outsiders
In Mark 4 Jesus gives a series of parables. After giving the parable of the sower in verses 3-9, he then explains the meaning of the parable to his followers, but not to “those who are outside” (4:11). The introduction to his explanation in 4:10-11a and the conclusion in 4:33-34 form a chiasm, contrasting the insiders, his disciples and other followers, from the “outsiders” who only heard the parables.
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Mike Rusten grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. God drew him to himself at a Billy Graham crusade when Mike was a junior high boy, and life was never to be the same. He graduated from Princeton University where he was president of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship. Read More ...
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