The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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"This commentary offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a new perspective on the earliest Gospel that also emphasizes Mark's theological and ethical interests and purposes. Based on a fresh translation of the Greek text, Witherington's commentary makes clear Mark's focus on the identity of Jesus, on the importance of knowing who he is - the Christ, the Son of God ...
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"This commentary offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a new perspective on the earliest Gospel that also emphasizes Mark's theological and ethical interests and purposes. Based on a fresh translation of the Greek text, Witherington's commentary makes clear Mark's focus on the identity of Jesus, on the importance of knowing who he is - the Christ, the Son of God - in order to properly understand why he had to die. Among the valuable features of this commentary are special sections designed to help modern readers of Mark apply the text to life today and excurses that highlight technical topics for scholars and more advanced Bible students."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802845030
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/8/2001
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 907,497
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    Exceeds Expectations!

    I really appreciate this series of socio-rhetorical commentaries. They are extremely helpful in understanding the cultural and sociological background, as well as the use of ancient rhetoric in the New Testament. Dr. Witherington's work on Mark's gospel is so good that I have to rank it along side the more detailed commentary of William Lane (NICNT). Using the two together will provide you with a clear and detailed understanding of Mark's gospel. We can only hope to be blessed with more volumes in this series.

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