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Other Followers of Jesus: Minor Characters as Major Figures in Mark's Gospel
     

Other Followers of Jesus: Minor Characters as Major Figures in Mark's Gospel

by Joel Williams
 

The Gospel of Mark includes a series of similar episodes in which he presents minor characters and their response to Jesus. These individuals are neither disciples nor opponents of Jesus but rather people who are drawn, in a broad sense, from the crowd. Mark presents these characters either as suppliants or as those who exemplify a proper response to Jesus and his

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The Gospel of Mark includes a series of similar episodes in which he presents minor characters and their response to Jesus. These individuals are neither disciples nor opponents of Jesus but rather people who are drawn, in a broad sense, from the crowd. Mark presents these characters either as suppliants or as those who exemplify a proper response to Jesus and his way. The purpose of this narrative study is to explore the effect of Mark's presentation of minor characters on the reader. It traces Mark's treatment of these individuals through the narrative and shows how Mark's presentation of minor characters moves the reader toward an acceptance of the demands of following Jesus.

Editorial Reviews

Robert L. Webb
Williams arguesquite convincinglythat these minor characters play a significant role in Mark's narrative and contribute to the rhetorical effect the narrative has upon the reader....Williams's argument is cogent and well writtenand his style is clear....This volume makes a valuable contribution to the narrative-critical study of Mark's Gospel. In addition to its use by the guildit would serve as a helpful introduction for graduate-level students to the field of narrative criticism in NT studies. —Society of Biblical Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850754893
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Series:
Library of New Testament Studies Series
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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Date of Birth:
June 6, 1928
Date of Death:
July 31, 2007

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