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“[Jesus’s baptism] is a genuine act of repentance. As such it ends his participation in the structures and values of society. It concludes his involvement in the moral order into which he was born . . . the institutions through which power is ordered . . .the totality of the Jewish-Roman social construction of reality, has been terminated. All debts that have been incurred under the elitist ordering of power and its community life have been cancelled. [The ritual experience of baptism/repentance] has redeemed Jesus from his comprehensive indebtedness and the prescribed ways and means of discharging his obligations. He has become wholly unobliged.”

   - H. Waetjen, The Construction of the Way into a Reordering of Power: An Inquiry into the Generic Conception of the Gospel According to Mark
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