„Baptism as Change of Lordship“, in: Beverly Gaventa u. Patrick D. Miller (Hg.), The Ending of Mark and the Ends of God, FS Donald Harrisville Juel, Louisville: Westminster u. John Knox, 2005, 107-114.
In his book A Master of Surprise: Mark Interpreted, Don Juel offers a powerful reading of Mark’s account of Jesus’ baptism. He observes that Mark does not use the term for the “opening” of the heavens used by Luke and Matthew. “Mark uses schizo, which means ‘tear’ or ‘rip'” (34; see Mark I :10). The same term is used for the tearing of the temple curtain at the moment of Jesus’ death. When the heavens are torn apart, he observes, the Spirit comes down and the voice of God declares, “You are my beloved son!” The moment the temple curtain is torn apart a pagan centurion declares, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark 15:39).