The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

by Dennis R. MacDonald
     
 

In this book, Dennis R. MacDonald offers a new view of the New Testament gospel of Mark. The author of the earliest gospel was not writing history, nor was he merely recording tradition, MacDonald argues. Close reading and careful analysis show that Mark borrowed extensively from the Odyssey and the Iliad and that he wanted his readers to recognize the Homeric… See more details below

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In this book, Dennis R. MacDonald offers a new view of the New Testament gospel of Mark. The author of the earliest gospel was not writing history, nor was he merely recording tradition, MacDonald argues. Close reading and careful analysis show that Mark borrowed extensively from the Odyssey and the Iliad and that he wanted his readers to recognize the Homeric antecedents in Mark's story of Jesus, Mark was composing a prose anti-epic, MacDonald says, presenting Jesus as a suffering hero modeled after but far superior to traditional Greek heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300080124
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

1Mark and Mimesis1
2Carpenters Who Suffer Many Things15
3Foolish Companions20
4Sons of Thunder24
5Murderous Usurpers33
6Recognitions44
7Sleeping Sailors55
8Speluncular Savages63
9Femmes Fatales77
10Feasts for Thousands83
11Transfigurations91
12Blind Seers97
13Untriumphal Entries102
14Anointing Women111
15Water Carriers120
16Last Suppers before Hades124
17Death Predictions131
18Violent Deaths135
19Hydropatetics148
20Rescued Corpses154
21Tombs at Dawn162
22Conclusion169
App. 1Homer's Story of Odysseus191
App. 2The Beginnings of the Odyssey and the Gospel of Mark194
App. 3The Endings of the Iliad and the Gospel of Mark198
Abbreviations201
Notes203
Bibliography245
Index257

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