Mark’s Gospel: History, Theology, Interpretation

Mark’s Gospel: History, Theology, Interpretation


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A culmination of contemporary scholarship on the Gospel of Mark. 
A preeminent scholar of the Gospel of Mark, C. Clifton Black has been studying and publishing on the Gospel for over thirty years. This new collection brings together his most pivotal work and fresh investigations to constitute an all-in-one compendium of contemporary Markan scholarship and exegesis. 
The essays included cover scriptural commentary, historical studies, literary analysis, theological argument, and pastoral considerations. Among other topics Black explores: 
          • the Gospel’s provenance, authorship, and attribution 
          • the significance of redaction criticism in Markan studies 
          • recent approaches to the Gospel’s interpretation
          • literary and rhetorical analyses of the Gospel’s narrative
          • the kingdom of God and its revelation in Jesus
          • Mark’s theology of creation, suffering, and discipleship 
          • the Gospel of Mark’s relationship to the Gospel of John and Paul’s letters
          • the passion in Mark as the Gospel’s recapitulation 
Scholars, advanced students, and clergy alike will consider this book an indispensable resource for understanding the foundational Gospel.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: A Brief Commentary on the Gospel according to Mark 
Part One: Historical Studies 
          1. Was Mark a Roman Gospel? 
          2. The Second Evangelist: Authorship and Apostolicity 
          3. The Quest of Mark the Redactor: Why Has It Been Pursued, and What Has It Taught Us? 
          4. Thirty Years On: Mark’s Disciples and Markan Redaction 
          5. A Servant of Surprise: Juel Interpreted 
          6. Markan Studies: Whence and Whither? 
Part Two: Theological Studies 
          7. A Conspectus of Markan Theology 
          8. Mark as Historian of God’s Kingdom 
          9. The Face Is Familiar—I Just Can’t Place It 
          10. Does Suffering Possess Educational Value in Mark’s Gospel? 
          11. Mark: John’s Photographic Negative 
          12. Christ Crucified in Paul and in Mark 
          13. Endzeit als Urzeit: Mark and Creation Theology 
          14. An Oration at Olivet 
          15. The Kijé Effect: Revenants in the Markan Passion Narrative 
Part Three: Homiletical Studies
          16. Priming the Pump: Exegetical Ruminations for Preachers 
          17. Ministry in Mystery: One Evangelist’s Vision 


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