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Jesus Christ as the Son of David in the Gospel of Mark

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  • Author: Max Botner, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michigan
  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108755788

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  • This study contributes to the debate over the function of Davidic sonship in the Gospel of Mark. In contrast to William Wrede's paradigm, Max Botner argues that Mark's position on Jesus's ancestry cannot be assessed properly though isolated study of the name David (or the patronym son of David). Rather, the totality of Markan messiah language is relevant to the question at hand. Justification for this paradigm shift is rooted in observations about the ways in which ancient authors spoke of their messiahs. Botner shows that Mark was participant to a linguistic community whose members shared multiple conventions for stylizing their messiahs, Davidic or otherwise. He then traces how the evangelist narratively constructed his portrait of Christ via creative use of the Jewish scriptures. When the Davidssohnfrage is approached from within this sociolinguistic framework, it becomes clear that Mark's Christ is indeed David's son.

    • Scrutinizes the plight of Davidic messianism in Markan studies
    • Adopts a sociolinguistic approach to ancient messianism to provide a new paradigm for assessing how ancient authors deployed traditions about David and his descendants
    • Will appeal to those who are interested in intertextuality in early Jewish literature in general and in the New Testament Gospels in particular
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108755788
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The son of David and the Christ of Mark: beyond an interpretive impasse
    2. The makings of a messiah: sons of David, messiahs like David, and the Markan Jesus
    3. Christening Jesus of Nazareth
    4. How a Galilean prophet becomes a Messiah like David
    5. The son of David and the Jerusalem temple
    6. Crucifixion and resurrection as a Markan hermeneutic
    7. Conclusion.

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    Max Botner, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michigan
    Max Botner is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. His work has been published in the Journal for Biblical Literature, the Journal for Theological Studies, the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He is also a co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity.

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