Redescribing the Gospel of Mark

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· Early Christianity and its literature ; Book 22 · SBL Press
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About this ebook

A collaborative project with a variety of critical essays This final volume of studies by members of the Society of Biblical Literature’s consultation, and later seminar, on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins focuses on Mark. As with previous volumes, the provocative proposals on Christian origins offered by Burton L. Mack are tested by applying Jonathan Z. Smith's distinctive social theorizing and comparative method. Essays examine Mark as an author’s writing in a book culture, a writing that responded to situations arising out of the first Roman-Judean war after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE. Contributors William E. Arnal, Barry S. Crawford, Burton L. Mack, Christopher R. Matthews, Merrill P. Miller, Jonathan Z. Smith, and Robyn Faith Walsh explore the southern Levant as a plausible provenance of the Gospel of Mark and provide a detailed analysis of the construction of Mark as a narrative composed without access to prior narrative sources about Jesus. A concluding retrospective follows the work of the seminar, its developing discourse and debates, and the continuing work of successor groups in the field.

Features

  • A thorough examination of the relation between structure and event in social and anthropological theory that provides conceptual tools for representing the project of the author of Mark
  • An exploration of the southern Levant as a plausible provenance of the Gospel, a permanent site of successive imperial regimes and culturally related peoples
  • A detailed analysis of the construction of Mark as a narrative composed without access to prior narrative sources about Jesus

About the author

Barry S. Crawford is Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, Washburn University. He was a member of the SBL Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins Consultation and Seminar (1995-2003) and a contributor to Redescribing Christian Origins (2004).

Merrill P. Miller is Professor of Religion, Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He was co-chair of the SBL Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins Consultation and Seminar (1995-2003) and is the co-editor and a contributor to Redescribing Christian Origins (2004) and Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians (2011).

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