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A Preface to Mark: Notes on the Gospel in Its Literary and Cultural Settings [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198024217
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Prologue: Looking at Mark 3
Pt. I What Kind of Text Is Mark?
1 The Question of Genre 9
2 Mark's Milieu 16
3 A Genre for Mark 22
4 How to Show That Mark Is a Hellenistic "Life" 27
5 Mark as a Hellenistic "Life" 32
Pt. II Was Mark Written to Be Read Aloud?
6 Orality and Oral Transmission 67
7 Some Characteristics of Oral Composition 72
8 Mark and Oral Transmission 82
9 An Analysis of Mark's Structure 85
10 Oral Characteristics of Mark's Style 126
11 As It Is Written: Oral Characteristics of Mark's Appeals to Scripture 136
12 Conclusions: Mark in Its Setting 152
13 Unscientific Postscripts 163
Appendix: Examples of Popular Greek Prose from the First and Second Centuries of the Christian Era 173
Abbreviations 184
Bibliography 185
Index to Modern Authors 201
Index to Ancient Sources 204
Subject Index 207
Scriptural Index 214
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