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Matt Palmer RS 201 New Testament Lit Dec 11 2000 Legion An Exegetical Analysis In this analysis I will be drawing from five passages found in Mark 5 9-13 which is the story of the demonic possession by the demon which is called Legion I will be drawing on the context of the whole passage which is Mark 5 1-20 but my main focus and purpose of this analysis is to shed light on verses 9-13 I have referenced three different versions of these passages in different Bibles the KJV NIV and the NRSV but I have found no significant difference so the context in which I will use these references bares no large concern to the analysis other than to show a harmony of the translations While this occurrence is accounted in the other synoptic Gospels Mark gives us the longest and most detailed account of this occurrence This is also the longest and most detailed occurrence in the gospel of Mark This occurrence happens in the country of the Gerasenes which is stated in verse one of Mark 5 which it is uncertain exactly where this location is but the herd of swine found in verse eleven of Mark 5 indicates that this is a territory of the Gentiles Nothing about this land is kosher everything was unclean spirits tombs swine and the territory but Jesus still had power just as much as in the land of the Jews Which will prove to be of significance in my analysis when I start to touch on verses 9-13 The accounts found in Matthew and Luke is more vague than the account in Mark which is rich with detail This could mean that Mark may have had access to an eyewitness account of the event In verse 5 Jesus asks for the name of the unclean spirit that has possessed the man in which he
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