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The commentary in The Acts of Jesus identifies Mark as the one who first shaped the transfiguration story into its present form, with all other versions being dependent on Mark:

The transfiguration fits with Mark's understanding of Jesus as God's son (1:11, 15:39) and provides the reader with a preview of Jesus' supernatural glory, which Mark does not otherwise narrate. In the account of Jesus' baptism, God had declared Jesus to be his son (1:11), and Mark reaffirms that role role here at a crucial point in the gospel's plot, just after Jesus' first prediction that he will suffer and die (8:31-33). The command to "listen to him," rather than to Moses or Elijah, underscores the grim prediction of Jesus' passion that Mark has just reported. (p. 106)