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Perhaps it's understandable that I should appreciate Hays's response to my essay. But I want to re-iterate my criticism that Hays did not address. I didn't just level a critique about tradition as the circumambient context within which the Gospels are meaningful acts of communication (I do think this is an important issue that will require more thinking through). I also found Hays's treatment of Israel in Mark anemic and lacking. My comments are available above, so I won't repeat them here. But I'd love to see that picked up in the ongoing discussion of Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels.