The distinction between reality and truth is a modern distinction. The gospels aren't history is the modern sense.
That doesn't mean Jesus didn't exist or didn't do miracles. Theological narrative is tied to history.
Mark is apocalyptic literature, a type of Jewish literature about the battle between order and chaos.
The physical Resurrection is the ultimate victory of order over chaos.
Ben discussed this topic in a class with Charles Bobertz, who is writing a book on the subject.
Published in 2016: The Gospel of Mark
Mark's point is not to document what Jesus did after his baptism. The tempation may or may not have happened historically, and it doesn't matter if it did: what matters is that Jesus is historically the Messiah and physically died and resurrected.
Rituals hold back the darkness: the rituals of manna and the Eucharist fight against evil
Minor details can have major significance.
Matt asks if it's significant to Catholicism that the house they go to is Peter's.
Ben calls Mark "the Yoko Ono of early Christianity".
Most scholars think the original ending of Mark is when the women find the empty tomb.
Dr. Bobertz's theory is that the ending of Mark is at the beginning: Mark 1:35-39. "Rising" in verse 35 is the same Greek word as "resurrection".
Matt is listening to Macbeth. Ben recommends reading chapter summaries, then reading each scene with footnotes that explain the language.