Abstract

Robert Fowler argues that the clause "let the reader understand" in Mark 13:14 is an example of "parenthetical comment by the narrator to the reader." It is unique because it addresses the recipient of the story directly. As a result this comment could not be part of Jesus' discourse. In contrast, this article argues that this clause is part of Jesus' discourse because its language fits the way that Jesus in Mark challenges people to read—that is, interpret correctly—the Old Testament. This statement fits well with Jesus' frequent corrections of his disciples' misunderstandings. The third-person form parallels other instructions that Jesus gives to his disciples. The need for understanding occurs in two other contexts where Jesus is talking with his disciples. Jesus wants them to understand correctly his use of the phrase "the abomination of desolation." Readers of discourse also hear the injunction.

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