"Astonished and afraid" - Mark 10:32
#1
Isn't it fascinating what happens in Mark 10:32?

From 10:1 to 10:31, Jesus is on the coasts of Judaea beyond the Jordan. He teaches about marriage, the image of God, taking up your cross, denying yourself - and that the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

Suddenly at 10:32, the scene changes, and it says this:
Quote:And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem: and Jesus went before them, and they were astonished; and following were afraid. And taking again the twelve, he began to tell them the things that should befall him.

Without any words or actions, suddenly everyone is afraid of Him as He goes to Jerusalem. Are they suddenly amazed at His person? His speed, going ahead of them? The sight of Him going to the Holy City? They had no idea what He was about to do, yet they were astonished. Is this the same fear that came upon the patriarchs and prophets when God manifested Himself?

Does anyone have any thoughts on this passage, as we enter the sacred Triduum (the exact time which this Scripture talks about)?
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#2
you are right it was the same fear that fell on the prophets
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#3

It doesn't say they were afraid "of" Him, but just that they were afraid. In the chapter just before that, right after the Ascension, He told them that He'd be betrayed and killed, so my guess is that they were afraid for Him and what they'd been told was to come. And, as you quoted, He told them then, too, en route to Jerusalem, what was going to happen. So that's my take...

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#4
ἐφοβοῦντο (ephobounto) is not actually found in the OT, though it is found 10 times in the NT.
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