The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark

by John R. Donahue
     
 
This commentary examines the Gospel of Mark through the literary concepts of intratextuality and intertextuality. "Intratextuality" involves reading Mark as Mark, by Mark. It looks to the final form of the Gospel rather than its sources or literary history: its favored words, images, literary devices, forms structures, characterization, and plot. Particular attention

Overview

This commentary examines the Gospel of Mark through the literary concepts of intratextuality and intertextuality. "Intratextuality" involves reading Mark as Mark, by Mark. It looks to the final form of the Gospel rather than its sources or literary history: its favored words, images, literary devices, forms structures, characterization, and plot. Particular attention to Mark's distinctive vocabulary and themes reveals the Gospel as a unified literary production. "Intertextuality" invites examination of the relationship between texts and a textual tradition. Here the commentary broadens the view to include materials not usually classified as "texts" (e.g., archaeological data) and shows the links of the text of the Gospel of Mark to these other materials as well as to literature, including the Old Testament, and to the life of the Markan community and the Christian community today.

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From the Publisher

This volume is a paperback edition of another fine contribution in the Sacra Pagina commentary series by Liturgical Press. The paperback edition will make it more accessible, a welcome development for all pastors and students. . . . A ‘must’ for every library.
Catholic Library World

. . . sets the standard for a comprehensive one-volume treatment of Mark for this generation.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Pastors will find this commentary spends more time in their hands and less on their shelves than others, and the congregations who hear their homilies and sermons will be enriched and challenged.
Interpretation

Donahue and Harrington, well-known scholars who have made numerous contributions to Markan studies in monographs and journal articles, have provided us with a helpful and reasonably sized commentary. It is large enough to deal with the majority of issues involved in the study of Mark without overwhelming us with more information than the average pastor or theological student can handle or wants. It is written succinctly and is very readable. It provides in its Introduction a brief and excellent overview of the major issues involved in the study of Mark.
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The commentary is highly recommended for the target audiences of the series—biblical scholars, students, theologians, clergy, religious educators, and interested non-specialists—and the authors are to be commended for producing a work that is both scholarly and genuinely useful and accessible to a wide variety of readers.
Toronto Journal of Theology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814658048
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Sacra Pagina Series
Pages:
510
Sales rank:
920,547
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author


John Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John’s Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year A published by Liturgical Press

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has a doctorate in biblical languages and literatures from Harvard University. A past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, he has written many books on the Old and New Testament, including the New Collegeville Bible Commentary on The Letter to the Hebrews (Liturgical Press, 2006).

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