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

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

by Christopher Bryan
     
 

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

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A Preface to Mark is a literary study which, from the standpoint of the newer critical methods, explores two questions. First, Bryan attempts to determine what kind of text The Gospel of Mark would have been seen to be, both by its author and by others who encountered it near the time of its writing. He explores whether Mark should be seen as an example of any particular literary type, and if so which one. Bryan 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. Examining the differences between approaches to composition and narrative oriented toward listeners, and those oriented toward readers, he points out ways in which Mark's narrative would have worked particularly well as rhetoric.

A Preface to Mark is the first examination of Mark as a whole in the light of contemporary studies of orality and oral transmission. It 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 makes it a good introduction to the Gospel for students as well as the general reader.

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"A good introduction to Mark for both students and general readers....As interesting as it is informative."—Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780198024217
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
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1 MB

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