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Jesus' Defeat of Death
Persuading Mark's Early Readers

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Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521068994

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  • Peter Bolt explores the impact of Mark's Gospel on early readers in the first-century Graeco-Roman world. Focusing upon the thirteen characters in Mark who come to Jesus for healing or exorcism, Bolt analyzes their crucial role in the communication of the Gospel. Enlisting a variety of ancient literary and non-literary sources, this book recreates the first-century world of illness, magic and Roman imperialism. This new approach to Mark combines reader-response criticism with social history.

    • Offers a new approach to studying Mark which attempts to break the impasse between narrative and historical studies by combining reader-response method with a social historical method
    • Focuses upon the thirteen 'suppliant' characters in Mark's Gospel and suggests that they have a crucial role in the communication of the Gospel to Mark's early readers
    • Enlists a variety of ancient literary and non-literary sources in an attempt to illuminate the world of the early reader of Mark
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    "A review of this length cannot give sufficient coverage to such a rich volume of essays which covers so much territory, allows for so many different voices, attitudes and approaches, and raises so many issues. The authors display immense learning in dealing with their topics. I would consider the essay by Robinson to be a "classic" and it should gain its place on the required reading list of anyone interested in the study of early Islamic history. Berg is to be thanked for his work at bringing these essays together, his translation of the Muranyi text and his charitable attitude towards Motzki's criticisms. All those points are the mark of a real scholar." - Studies in Religion, Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521068994
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The beginning of the gospel (Mark 1.1–13)
    3. The Kingdom is near (Mark 1.14–4.34)
    4. Jesus and the perishing (Mark 4.35–8.26)
    5. Entering the coming Kingdom (Mark 8.27–10.52)
    6. The clash of Kingdoms (Mark 11.1–13.37)
    7. The coming of the Kingdom (Mark 14–16)
    8. Conclusions

  • Author

    Peter G. Bolt, Moore Theological College, Sydney
    Peter G. Bolt is Head of New Testament Studies at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He has edited (with M.D. Thompson) and contributed to The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul's Mission (2000).

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