In the aforementioned lecture by Richard Hays he makes an intertextual connection that I would have not noticed. In Mk. 6.45-56 we have the story of Jesus walking on the Sea. In v. 48 there is a semi-cryptic statement that Hays says has perplexed scholars. It says of Jesus as he walked by his disciples who were struggling with the storm that, “He was about to pass them by.”

Why was Jesus about to pass them? Why mention this?

In Job 9.8 God is described as the one “Who alone stretches out the heavens and tramples the waves of the sea”. It says a few more things about God and then in v. 11, “Were he to pass me, I would not see him; Were he to move past me, I would not perceive him.”

Hays connects the LXX rendering of v. 11b ἐὰν παρέλθῃ με οὐδ’ ὧς ἔγνων with the language of Mk. 6.48c καὶ ἤθελεν παρελθεῖν αὐτούς.. In both passages the passing of the main character is put in focus. In both passages the one passing is the one who tramples water. In the Job passage only God can do this.

If the Markan passage contains an intertextual echo of Job 9.11 then this presents a high Christology. Admittedly, the connection is a bit loose at first glance but I think Hays may be on to something. What do you think?