Mark Literary Devices (Simile, sandwiching, foreshadowing, telescoping)

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Telescoping definition
he just presents you with the main idea with no explanation, knowing the audience can fill in the surrounding details

Telescoping example (1)
(Example 1) Mark 1:29-31: “On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.

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Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

Telescoping example (2)
(Example 2) Mark 1:12-13, “At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. “

Sandwiching definition
a story between two other stories

Sandwiching example (1)
(Example 1) Mark 5:21-43, Jairus’s daughter and the woman with a hemorrhage.

Sandwiching example (2)
(Example 2) Mark 3:20-35, Blasphemy of the Scribes and Jesus and Beelzebul

Simile definition
comparison using like or as (not always has like/as in the bible)

Simile example (1)
(Example 1) Mark 6:34, “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd…”

Simile example (2)
(Example 2) Mark 1:10, “On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.”

Foreshadowing definition
predicting or indicating to the future

Foreshadowing example (1)
(Example 1) Mark 1: 6-7, “John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist.* He fed on locusts and wild honey.

And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”

Foreshadowing example (2)
(Example 2) Mark 14:6-8, “Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you make trouble for her? She has done a good thing for me.

The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them, but you will not always have me. She has done what she could. She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.”

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