When you actually start offering a proper exegesis of the text of Mark, my scholarly preparation will become very evident. The ball’s in your court, not mine.
Nope. You’ve hardly touched upon the primary text, and the very few remarks you’ve made on specific passages have been ad hoc and incomplete responses to points of mine, rather than exposition proper. I thought you had undertaken to given “an analysis of Mark 5”, but so far your statements have been one long methodological preamble, with the analysis yet to be unveiled.
There is no need to answer it, because we are discussing what Mark thought, not what I think. I’ve only tried to describe Mark’s position, not evaluate it.
Why should it matter to you what I think? Do you suspect that it may prejudice my reading of Mark? If that’s your concern, perhaps I can relieve it somewhat: As a person educated in the modern world, I have acquired the common modern prejudice against belief in demons. Indeed, as I already told you, I don’t even Iike the doctrine of demons. So if my reading of Mark is guided by any prejudice, it’s by a prejudice which would urge me to read Mark as not believing in demons. The fact that I read Mark as believing in demons, when it would be more personally convenient for me if he didn’t, clears me of the anticipated charge of prejudice.