Observations and key ideas from The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan:
Borg and Crossan use Wednesday to discuss what they see as a key theme in Mark: failed discipleship.
In Mark, Jesus makes three passion predictions, and in each instance, the disciples respond inappropriately: 1) Peter rebukes Jesus (8:32); the disciples argue over who is greatest (9:32-34); and 3) James, John, and the other disciples vie for positions of honor in the coming kingdom (10:35-37).
The book's authors continue their critique of traditional atonement theology by suggesting that for Mark, it is about participation with Jesus not substitution by Jesus. The disciples do not recognize the way of the cross, the way of true discipleship.
This leads to a brief discussion of the first real believer, a woman who anoints Jesus at Bethany. Jesus is reported to have said: "Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her." (14:9)
revJohn Question: The identity of this female disciple is not known, lost forever. Given the unrivaled praise from Jesus, why do you think her name is not found in any of the New Testament writings?