A Preface to Mark: Notes on the Gospel in Its Literary and Cultural Settings / Edition 1

A Preface to Mark: Notes on the Gospel in Its Literary and Cultural Settings / Edition 1

by Christopher Bryan
     
 

A Preface to Mark is a literary study which, from the standpoint of the newer critical methodologies, explores two questions. First, Bryan attempts to determine what kind of text Mark would have been seen to be, both by its author and by others who encountered it near the time of its writing. He examines whether Mark should be seen as an example of any particular

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A Preface to Mark is a literary study which, from the standpoint of the newer critical methodologies, explores two questions. First, Bryan attempts to determine what kind of text Mark would have been seen to be, both by its author and by others who encountered it near the time of its writing. He examines whether Mark should be seen as an example of any particular literary type, and if so which. He concludes that a comparison of Mark with other texts of the period leads inevitably to the conclusion that Mark's contemporaries would broadly have characterized his work as a "life." Second, Bryan looks at the evidence that exists to indicate whether Mark, like so much else of its period, was written to be read aloud. He points out ways in which Mark's narrative would have worked particularly well as rhetoric. The first examination of Mark as a whole in the light of contemporary studies of orality and oral transmission, A Preface to Mark not only shows us Mark in its original setting, but also suggests ways in which our own encounter with Mark's text may be significantly enriched. Its accessible style will serve as a good introduction to the Gospel for students as well as the general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195115673
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,446,139
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Looking at Mark3
Pt. IWhat Kind of Text Is Mark?
1The Question of Genre9
2Mark's Milieu16
3A Genre for Mark22
4How to Show That Mark Is a Hellenistic "Life"27
5Mark as a Hellenistic "Life"32
Pt. IIWas Mark Written to Be Read Aloud?
6Orality and Oral Transmission67
7Some Characteristics of Oral Composition72
8Mark and Oral Transmission82
9An Analysis of Mark's Structure85
10Oral Characteristics of Mark's Style126
11As It Is Written: Oral Characteristics of Mark's Appeals to Scripture136
12Conclusions: Mark in Its Setting152
13Unscientific Postscripts163
Appendix: Examples of Popular Greek Prose from the First and Second Centuries of the Christian Era173
Abbreviations184
Bibliography185
Index to Modern Authors201
Index to Ancient Sources204
Subject Index207
Scriptural Index214

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