Discipleship misconceptions: A social scientific reading of James and John’s request for seats of honour (Mark 10:35-42)

Mookgo Solomon Kgatle


This article is a social scientific reading of James and John’s request for seats of honour in Mark 10:35–42. It argues that when James and John made such a request they misunderstood the meaning of discipleship. The argument is established by looking at the literature review on Mark 10:35–42. Discipleship as presented in Mark is described to understand the type of discipleship demanded by Jesus. The discipleship misconceptions are also outlined in detail. The purpose here is to demonstrate that the disciples of Jesus, James and John, in Mark 10:35–42 misunderstood the meaning of discipleship as presented in Mark. The article makes a contribution to the ongoing research on New Testament scholarship by studying Mark 10:35–42 through a social scientific criticism.


Kinship; self-interest; position; competition; lordship and authority

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2017.v3n1.a09


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