Hidden Mark: Exploring Christianity's Heretical Gospel

Overview

Well-known preacher and literary scholar John Killinger has combined his talents to provide a revolutionary study of the Gospel of Mark. On the basis of textual patterns he discovered in a Gospel long believed to be "naive" and "unstudied," Killinger reveals evidence that the two calming-of-the-sea stories traditionally regarded as miracles are actually post-resurrection stories. This explantion not only accounts for the absence of such stories at the end of the Gospel, where the other Gospels place them, but ...

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Overview

Well-known preacher and literary scholar John Killinger has combined his talents to provide a revolutionary study of the Gospel of Mark. On the basis of textual patterns he discovered in a Gospel long believed to be "naive" and "unstudied," Killinger reveals evidence that the two calming-of-the-sea stories traditionally regarded as miracles are actually post-resurrection stories. This explantion not only accounts for the absence of such stories at the end of the Gospel, where the other Gospels place them, but suggests that Mark might actually be a Gnostic document, as the Gnostics believed in the resurrection of Jesus but did not emphasize his physical resurrection. A Gnostic origin for Mark also explains other long-standing enigmas in Mark, including its high opinion of women (the Gnostics had women priests); the annoying stupidity of the disciples (they had trouble grasping the gnosis); the amazing recognition of Jesus' real identity by a blind man; and the so-called messianic Secret (Gnostics wanted to conceal their rites and teachings from outsiders). In this groundbreaking interpretation of the Gospel of Mark, Killinger has given us a reason to reassess the meaning and purpose of the Gospel of Mark.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881462234
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

Introduction: The Author's Task in Writing a Gospel 1

Chapter 1 The Touchstone Passage (Mark 4:1-6:6a) 15

Chapter 2 The Touchstone Passage Expanded (Mark 6:6b-8:30) 38

Chapter 3 The Question of Authority (Mark 1:1-3:35) 52

Chapter 4 The Disciples and the Growing Conflict (Mark 8:31-10:45) 68

Chapter 5 The Final Conflict (Mark 10:46-14:11) 79

Chapter 6 The Passion Story (Mark 14:12-15:47) 97

Chapter 7 The Great (?) Denouement (Mark 16) 113

Chapter 8 Is Mark Really a Gnostic Gospel? 124

Index 139

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