Irony in Mark's Gospel: Text and Subtext

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In recent years an increasing number of interpreters have found dramatic and verbal ironies widely distributed in Mark's Gospel. This lucid study makes an important contribution to our understanding of Mark's irony, and combines a literary-critical approach with insights gained from the sociology of knowledge. Professor Camery-Hoggatt argues that Mark's ironies are intentional, and that irony comprises an integral factor in Mark's overall strategy of composition: irony is a subtle means to achieve apologetic and ...
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Overview

In recent years an increasing number of interpreters have found dramatic and verbal ironies widely distributed in Mark's Gospel. This lucid study makes an important contribution to our understanding of Mark's irony, and combines a literary-critical approach with insights gained from the sociology of knowledge. Professor Camery-Hoggatt argues that Mark's ironies are intentional, and that irony comprises an integral factor in Mark's overall strategy of composition: irony is a subtle means to achieve apologetic and paradigmatic ends.
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"Camery-Hoggatt offers the most systematic, creatively interdisciplinary examination to date of a widely recognized characteristic of Markan style. His work repays careful reading." Theology Today

"...a valuable addition to the lengthening list of literary studies which are steadily deepening contemporary understanding of the Gospels. The style is engagingly direct, the observations shrewd and usually to the point, the background in evidence extensive....a very good book..." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"This book is a fine introduction to certain types of literary criticism which are compatible with the methods of the sociology of knowledge and a good illustration of how such critcism may be applied to Mark. It should find a place on the reading list of introductory courses as a complement to studies that emphasize the historical approach." Adela Yarbro Collins, Journal of Biblical Literature

"Camery-Hoggatt's effective use of social-scientific method and literary theory in reading Mark make this a valuable contribution to Marcan studies." Religious Studies Review

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Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: the problem of irony in Mark; 2. The social functions of irony; 3. The literary functions of narrative; 4. Text and subtext: toward a rhetoric of irony; 5. Irony in the Gospel of Mark; 6. By way of summary; Notes; Bibligraphy; Index.
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