Mark 6:53-56 (ESV)
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
This summary statement does not mention teaching or exorcism. See 1:14-14,39;2:2,13;4:1-2,6:2,6). Within tnis section of the gospel Mark is being portrayed as a miracle worker. I thought it might be of use to look at what N.T. Wright has to say in his ‘Jesus and the Victory of God’ on the topic of miracles. N.T. Wright’s discussions of miracles in his large blue Jesus book are limited. He spends only 10 pages or so giving an overview with odd comments mentioned throughout. I wonder whether this is a deliberate ploy (and it’s a fair one) to make his historical Jesus research more acceptable in the wider ‘historical Jesus‘ scholarship.Wright is not a methodlogical naturalist. However, this overview is brilliant for showing the connection between healings and covenant membership/return from exile.
‘..Jesus’ healing miracles must be seen clearly as bestowing the gift of shalom, wholeness, to those who lacked it, bringing not only physical health but renewed membership of the covenant people of YHWH. Many of the people Jesus healed came into one of these banned categories….[blindness, lepers, deaf, dumb, gentiles] The effect of these cures, therefore, was not merely to bring physical healing; not merely to give humans, within a far less individualistic society than our modern western one, a renewed sense of community membership.’ page 192