The Mark is the award-winning book of the English Academy’s 2016 Percy FitzPatrick Prize for Youth Literature.
In the future, the world has flipped. Ravaged by the Conflagration, this is a harsh place where the sun beats down, people’s lives are run by a heartless elite and law is brutally enforced. A mark at the base of the spine controls each person’s destiny. The Machine decides what work you will do and who your life partner will be. Juliet Seven – “Ettie” – will soon turn 15 and her life as a drudge will begin, her fate-mate mate will be chosen. Like everyone else, her future is marked by the numbers on her spine. But Ettie decides to challenge her destiny. And in so doing, she fulfils the prophecy that was spoken of before she even existed.
The Mark was published by Tafelberg in September 2014.
The Mark is a fast-paced, gritty and uncomfortable read and Bulbring maintains a cracking pace, blending elements of SF dystopia with nuances of magical realism. Pick this one up if you’re looking for something slightly different – Nerine Dorman, Pretoria News
Darker than The Hunger Games and more thrilling than Divergent, Edyth Bulbring’s new dystopian novel will fascinate teen readers – Fiona Snyckers, The Sunday Times
This is the South African fiction we have all been waiting for – Nikki McDiarmid, Puku
A dystopian, futuristic, mystical dark novel with twists and turns that keeps its reader enthralled to the last page. With its examination of a futuristic political system, it would make a great setwork for teenage pupils – Stephanie Saville, The Witness
Bulbring paints a believable society in which steampunk is married to advanced technology. Although there is action and excitement, the focus is on the characters and their emotions, so this is never just another post-apocalyptic adventure story but something deeper and more serious – Aubrey Paton, The Herald
Edyth Bulbring is South Africa’s premier story-teller for young adults – Library Thing
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"There tends to be a common teen-angst thing, like: 'Oh the whole world is against me, the whole world is so screwed up,' " Will explains. Teenagers are cynical, adds Aaron Yost, 16. And they should be: "To be fair, they were born into a world that their parents kind of really messed up." Everyone here agrees: The plots in dystopia feel super familiar. That's kind of what makes the books scary — and really good. Think of it like this: Teen readers themselves are characters in a strange land. Rules don't make sense. School doesn't always make sense. And they don't have a ton of power. The fact that these books offer a safety net, a place where kids can "flirt with those questions without getting into trouble," that's reason enough to keep teachers and parents buying them off the shelf.
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I agree with you, Mack, that there's some great YA literature out there. And this one sounds like a taut, interesting story as well as some solid character exploration. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
So can this be a literacy essay on the mark as well
Can you write an essay that tells us when Ettie is devious and appealing throughout the book
Sorry, I read the book a while ago and don't wish to reread it at this time.
Critically explain contrast between etties world and the mythical world Why does the author use certain fairytale to refer to ettie
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I want to ask the same question because I'm writing an exam about it
Sorry, I honestly don't have a detailed memory of this detail and I don't wish to reread the book at this time.
Explain ettie's learning experiences both in and out of school
Sorry, this is outside the scope of this blog and in any case it's been a while since I read the book and don't widh to reread it at this time.
Explain etties world and the mythical world
I also need the same answers
Can I please get the main characters essay please
How do we determine Etties mythical 3
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A Brief Introduction to the Messianic Secret in Mark
David Garland gives another brief description of this theme: "The term 'messianic secret' was first employed by William Wrede in 1901 to explain why Jesus repeatedly tells people not to tell what he has done or who he was." 2 Eric F. Mason defines it thusly: " 'Messianic secret' refers to the motif, chiefly in the Gospel of Mark, in which Jesus is presented as suppressing knowledge of his identity." 3 This last definition, being the broadest, shall be the working definition used here.
One of the outstanding motifs found in the gospel of Mark is the concept known as the Messianic Secret. This theme is viewed on one end as a mystery and on another end as a hermeneutical presupposition. The concept of secrecy centers on the miracles of Jesus, his encounters with demons, and his instructions to the disciples. The passages that underscore this theme can be found in Mark 1:25, 34; Mark 1:44; 5:43; 8:27-30; 9:2-9. The passage under consideration for this paper is Mark 3:7-12. This paper will present an overview of scholarship, the background and purpose of Mark’s gospel, an outline of chapter 3 including the text under consideration, an exposition and exegesis of the text, and will conclude with possible reasons for the Messianic Secret.
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The term "Secret Gospel of Mark" refers to two passages which Morton Smith found in 1958, quoted in a copy of a previously lost letter written by Clement of Alexandria. This essay discusses its place in the compositional stages of the Gospel of Mark and how it might be connected with the Galilean Aramaic drafts of the Gospel of John and perhaps other early noncanonical gospels. Since this essay comes from the upcoming next edition of a work in five volumes and more than three thousand pages, it assumes the reader's familiarity with conclusions reached elsewhere. If Academia readers wish to see the analysis for any of these conclusions mentioned in passing herein, please contact the author.
The messianic secret is a major litera'Y device in the Gospel of Mark. Mk 14:62 or 15:39 have been pointed out as the place where the messianic secret is disclosed. The passage of Mk 14:62 has been preserved in two readings: a shorter reading (Eyc..l E'I~I) and a longer one (El ITa.; cm 'EYc..l E'I~I). If the reading with eg6 eimi (a clear answer) is the original one, the messianic secret is clearly disclosed in Mk 14:62. If the reading with su eipas hoti eg6 eimi (a reserved answer) is the earlier one, the messianic secret remains until Mk 15:39. This study argues that eg6 eimi is the original version and that Mk 14:62 constitutes the formal disclosure of the messianic secret. The centurion's confession in Mk 15:39 is subordinate to the confession of Jesus in Mk 14:62.
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This essay scrutinizes the suggestion by Helmut Koester that the canonical Gospel of Mark results from a second-century revision of a slightly earlier stage in the narrative's history, the so-called Secret Gospel of Mark attested by Clement of Alexandria. Here I show that 'Secret' (or better, 'More Spiritual') Mark is in no sense a deviation from the general character and themes of the Markan gospel in any of its stages of development. From the start, the traditions incorporated and elaborated by Mark pictured Jesus as a miracle worker along (naïvely?) magical lines; from the start, there was an interest in portraying the mysterious nature of Jesus' speech, his 'mysteries of the kingdom.' In the later stage of the Markan development represented by Secret Mark, there is less interest in focusing on the mysterious words than on the central act of the baptismal sacrament as now explained by Jesus as hierophant. Initiation into the Christian mystery of salvation is portrayed in the prototypical example of an unnamed youth, developing Mark's characters of Jesus the 'teacher' and his faltering 'learners'. Though Jesus loved him and baptized him, the youth fled at his master’s arrest. These themes of mysterious teaching, frail disciples, and their betrayal are elaborations of motifs central to Mark’s story at every point of its development, not foreign intrusions into the text. Secret Mark is thus an organic development from an earlier version of Mark and fits well within what we know from Clement and others about the mysterious and murky life of second-century Christian Alexandria.
Jonathan W Lo
In this paper I will examine Mark’s portrayal of Jesus as Messiah from the perspective of his use of composite references to Old Testament scripture. Composite references appear in strategic locations within Mark’s narrative and function as signposts to the divine significance of Mark’s story. The overarching motif of Mark’s composite references is that the Messiah is God’s kingly representative, appointed to accomplish God’s purposes on earth. With reference to Isa. 40/Mal. 3 in 1:2-3, Mark asserts that the Messiah’s appearance signifies God’s own return, “the embodiment of God’s presence.” Through the use of Ps. 2/Isa. 42 in 1:11, Mark claims that Jesus is chosen by God and has been anointed with the Holy Spirt to accomplish the work of God’s mighty deliverance. The reference to Is. 56/Jer. 7 in 11:17 shows that Mark believes an important task of the Messiah is to purify and rebuild the Temple, and it implies a scathing critique and a decisive condemnation of the existing religious leadership which mainly operated out of the Temple. The reference to Ps. 110/Dan. 7 in 14:62 depicts the Messiah as a highly exalted figure who will be enthroned alongside God, even sharing God’s authority and acting as his eschatological vizier who will have everlasting dominion over the whole world. These various messianic traditions are conflated and used to interpret Jesus’ life in innovative and unexpected ways that become the building blocks of a distinctively Markan Christology. [Originally published in Chinese]
Syed M Waqas
This paper seeks to explore the historical character of the Gospel of Mark. It attempts to review and discuss such important aspects of the Gospel that fall within the framework of critical-historical study of an ancient document. Major areas explored and critiqued in the paper are, for instance, the genre, historical accuracy, mythical elements, compatibility with contemporary literary trends, possibility of concurrent sources, dominant religious discourse, and the intended primary audience
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February 18, Lent 1B ( Mark 1:9–15)
Does jesus hide from the wild beasts hurl rocks at them mark doesn’t say..
Slow down, I could tell Mark. I understand that he was in a hurry because of the siege of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple, but for me as a writer, the magic happens in the revision, and Mark seems to have skipped that part in his haste to get his account into the world.
Since I can’t offer Mark feedback, and because of his few, carefully chosen words, his gospel lends itself to imaginative rumination.
I wonder how Mark would respond to me in a writing workshop. Maybe he would tell me that leaving so much to my imagination was his goal.
Elizabeth Felicetti is rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, and author of Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women without Children .
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This year, ash wednesday will be observed on feb. 14, 2024, by staff • published february 14, 2024 • updated on february 14, 2024 at 8:17 am.
On Wednesday, many Christians will show up to work with ashes smudged on their foreheads. Many more will head to church on their lunch break or after work to receive a cross of ashes on their face.
This year, Ash Wednesday — a solemn day of fasting and reflection to mark the start of Christianity's most penitent season — falls on Valentine's Day , the fixed annual celebration of love and friendship, marked by couples, flowers and candy — and critics who deride its commercialization.
But what exactly is the purpose of the centuries-old Christian tradition?
What is Ash Wednesday?
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In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Christians from many denominations recognize the holy season for 40 days leading up to Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a sign of the cross with ashes on their forehead at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. The tradition has its origins in the Old Testament where sinners performed acts of public penance.
The use of ashes is to remind parishioners of their mortality. During Ash Wednesday service, the phrase, "Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” from the Book of Genesis is traditionally employed.
Rev. Gregory Wilson, pastor at St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic church in Aiken, South Carolina, offers believers two things to consider when observing Ash Wednesday: prayer and sacrifice.
“Prayer,” Wilson said, “purifies intentions and relates everything back to God. Fasting detaches people from comfort and themselves, in turn, making them ‘hungry for God’ and his righteousness and holiness."
Wilson urges Christians to make time for prayer, nothing that "people always have time for what they want to do."
“We make time for these things because they are a priority and they are necessary in life and guess what? So is prayer. Prayer is like the air for the lungs of the Christian. So do not try to find time – make it.”
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Ash Wednesday is not a fixed date. Its timing is tied to Easter Sunday, and for most Christians, Easter will fall on March 31 this year.
Easter also moves annually, swinging between March 22 and April 25 based on a calendar calculation involving the moon.
This year, Ash Wednesday will fall on Feb. 14 2024.
Where do the ashes come from?
Typically, the ashes are from the palms used on Palm Sunday, which falls a week before Easter, according to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America .
Ashes can be purchased, but some churches make their own by burning the palms from prior years. For example, several parishes and schools in the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese plan to hold palm burning ceremonies this year.
Can Catholics celebrate Valentine's Day on Ash Wednesday?
In addition to the candy heart and chocolate-fueled secular celebrations, Feb. 14 is also the Feast of St. Valentine. But Ash Wednesday with its fasting and abstinence requirements is far more significant and should be prioritized, said Catholic Bishop Richard Henning of Providence, Rhode Island, in the diocese’s official newspaper.
“Ash Wednesday is the much higher value and deserves the full measure of our devotion,” he said. “I ask with all respect that we maintain the unique importance of Ash Wednesday. If you would like to wine and dine your Valentine, please do so on the Tuesday before. February 13 is Mardi Gras, ‘Fat Tuesday,’ a perfect day to feast and celebrate!”
What is Lent?
Lent is the annual period of Christian observance that precedes Easter. The dates of Lent are defined by the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, meaning that it falls on a different date each year. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, and its observance lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays. Lent ends this year on Thursday, April 6.
Catholics started the tradition of Lent around the year 325, during the Council of Nicea, but it has spread through other Christian denominations, including Western Orthodox churches, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Anglicans, among others.
During lent, Christians give up things like habits or food and drink items. The tradition’s origins go back to Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the desert.
Lent comes from the Middle English word “lente,” which means springtime, and signals the coming of spring.
What is Fat Tuesday?
On the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, people tend to eat rich foods in large quantities in advance of the fasting, which is a key component of Lent. Hence, the name “Fat Tuesday.”
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Last week, Donald Trump’s lawyers attempted to convince the Supreme Court that he was a 16th-century European monarch who cannot be disqualified from holding office, because he enjoys immunity from certain constitutional laws. Jonathan Mitchell, Trump’s lawyer, began his argument before the Court by declaring, “Trump is not covered by Section 3 [of the Fourteenth Amendment] because the president is not ‘an officer of the United States’ as that term is used throughout the Constitution.”
This effort to avoid the designation “officer of the United States” smacks of a conclusion in want of a rationale. Neither Trump nor his defenders have found a single quotation from the 1860s declaring that the president is not an officer of the United States for purposes of Section 3. Proponents of disqualification, by comparison, have unearthed numerous assertions that Section 3 was meant to encompass all offices and all officeholders. Neither Trump nor his defenders have explained why the Constitution would permit a president who encouraged an attack on Congress to hold all offices in every state and the national government while disqualifying from every office a dogcatcher who was a foot soldier in an insurrection.
Nevertheless, this position has gained a bizarre amount of scholarly support among so-called originalists and textualists, and some justices may now be leaning toward this view. To find this argument persuasive requires an obsession with technicalities that forgoes any big-picture understanding of what made the American republic different from the monarchies that preceded it. Should the Supreme Court fail to grasp this difference, the resulting decision would threaten to vest presidents with the attributes of the monarchs rejected by Americans in both the First and Second Foundings.
In those regimes, some people made law but were not bound by or accountable to law. English kings, Henry VIII understood well, were not officers of England, but sovereign rulers of the land. To the extent that Henry VIII was an officer or held an office, he was an officer under God. No mere English officer was empowered to judge the conduct of the sovereign King. The Tudors and Stuarts appointed “officers of the Crown.” Such officers got their authority from the King and were answerable only to the King.
By contrast, Americans in 1787 and 1866 (when the Fourteenth Amendment was written) worked within a framework that sharply distinguished officeholders in a constitutional order in which the people were sovereign from officeholders in those other orders. In a constitutional regime, all persons who exercise government power are officers; as such, their authority is prescribed by law, and they are accountable to law. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States recognizes that the people are sovereign in the United States. No person with governing responsibilities is above the law. The legal authority that all officers exercise is ultimately grounded in the Constitution and laws of the United States, not in the sovereign president, sovereign Congress, or sovereign Supreme Court. No one in the United States is an “officer of the president” or an “officer of Congress” or an “officer of the Supreme Court.”
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Americans from the very beginning recognized that presidents in a regime in which the people were sovereign were officers of the United States. Andrew Johnson, who was president when the Fourteenth Amendment was framed, routinely referred to himself as “the chief civil executive officer of the United States.” Members of Congress consistently referred to the president as an officer of the United States. When Representative James Ashley in 1867 called for an investigation to determine whether “any officer of the Government of the United States” had committed an impeachable offense, both he and Representative John Bingham, considered the primary framer of the Fourteenth Amendment , agreed that the president was a civil officer of the United States subject to investigation. All exercises of power in America (presidential and otherwise) had to be authorized by law, and all power-holders were subject to law.
Members of Congress understood that one consequence of the transition from a regime in which a person or institution was sovereign to a regime in which the people were sovereign was some confusion at the use of the word officer in the Constitution. Representative James A. Bayard in 1799 acknowledged that the word office in the Constitution was “incautiously used.” Members of Congress also easily acknowledged that the president was not an officer for purposes of the commissions clause in Article II because the president did not commission the president. Many, not all, recognized that members of Congress were not civil officers under the impeachment clause because the Constitution provided for a distinct means for removing representatives and senators who committed misdeeds. Nevertheless, a consensus existed on officeholding. As articulated by both the prosecution and the defense in the impeachment hearings of Senator William Blount in 1799, presidents and members of Congress were officers of the United States unless the particular constitutional context made clear that a different treatment was warranted. Immediately after declaring that presidents and senators were not officers of the United States for purposes of the impeachment clause, Bayard insisted that the president, senators, and representatives were officers under the Constitution for purposes of the emoluments clause .
The Republican members of the 39th Congress who framed the Fourteenth Amendment consciously worked within the American understanding of popular sovereignty and officeholding. Members routinely referred to the president as an officer of the United States. Senator Benjamin Wade of Ohio, a Republican, maintained that the president was “the chief executive officer of the United States.” Senator James Guthrie of Kentucky, a Democrat, did the same. Less than a month after Congress sent the Fourteenth Amendment to the states for ratification, the House of Representatives approved a committee report that declared that the Constitution used the phrases “officer,” “officer of the United States” and “officer under the United States” indiscriminately, and that all officers should be considered officers of and under the United States unless the context makes clear that a more limited use was intended.
Trump and his defenders do not comprehend the significance of denying that the president is an officer of the United States. Trump was a president bound by law, not a monarch above the law. As an officer of the United States, he engaged in an insurrection against the Constitution he swore to protect, preserve, and defend, and the laws of this nation—laws he is subject to, laws that prohibit any such person from officeholding ever again. Henry VIII would not understand, but George Washington and the men who drafted Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment would.
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Adobe is adding a new generative AI experience to its Acrobat PDF management software, which aims to “completely transform the digital document experience” by making information in long documents easier to find and understand. Announced in Adobe’s press release as “AI Assistant in Acrobat,” the new tool is described as a “conversational engine” that can summarize files, answer questions, and recommend more based on the content, allowing users to “easily chat with documents” to get the information they need. It’s available in beta starting today for paying Acrobat users.
The idea is that the chatbot will reduce the time-consuming tasks related to working with massive text documents — such as helping students quickly find information for research projects or summarizing large reports into snappy highlights for emails, meetings, and presentations. AI Assistant in Acrobat can be used with all document formats supported by the app, including Word and PowerPoint. The chatbot abides by Adobe’s data security protocols, so it won’t store data from customer documents or use it to train AI Assistant.
At launch, AI Assistant can assess a document’s contents and recommend questions that users may wish to explore, in addition to answering questions about that content. The feature also generates citations that allow users to verify the source of the answers provided by AI Assistant and can create clickable links that jump directly to specific information within long documents. Acrobat users can also ask the chatbot to consolidate and format information into digestible copy for emails, reports, presentations, and more.
The new AI Assistant experience is available for Acrobat customers on Standard ($12.99 per month), Pro ($19.99 per month), and Teams subscription plans across both desktop and web. AI Assistant will be available to those customers “at no additional cost” while the product is in beta. However, Abhigyan Modi, senior vice president for Adobe Document Cloud, told The Verge, “Reader and Acrobat customers will have access to the full range of AI Assistant capabilities through a new add-on subscription plan when AI Assistant is out of beta.”
Adobe hasn’t said how long AI Assistant is expected to be in beta, but the company already has a roadmap of future capabilities that it plans to roll out. These include integrations with its Firefly generative AI model , the ability to pull information from multiple documents, document types, and sources simultaneously, and features for generating first drafts and editing copy.
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