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Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark

Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark

by Suzanne Watts Henderson


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Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark

Exploring the interrelated topics of Christology and discipleship within the apocalyptic context of Mark's Gospel, Henderson focuses on six passages: Mark 1:16-20; 3:13--15; 4:1-34; 6:7-13; 6:32-44; 6:45-52. Together, these passages indicate that the disciples failed to understand not just Jesus' messianic identity per se but the apocalyptic nature of his messiahship, as well as its implications for their own participation in God's coming reign. The implications of this for Mark's gospel as a whole are to situate Mark's Christological claims within the broader context of the apocalyptic 'gospel of God'. This lends coherence to Mark's bifocal interest in miracle and passion. It also illuminates the relationship between Mark's Jesus and his followers as those who carry forward his own mission: to demonstrate the coming kingdom of God, which is fully assured if not yet fully in view.

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ISBN-13: 9780521091398
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series , #135
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Watts Henderson is Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem College, Winston-Salem.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Jesus' mission and theirs; Part I. Patterns of Discipleship: 2. The calling of the Fishers in Mark 1:16-20; 3. The commissioning of the Twelve in Mark 3:13-15; Part II. Discipleship in Action: 4. Discipleship as presence in Mark 4:1-34; 5. Discipleship as practice; 6. Discipleship as (transforming) presence; 7. Discipleship as (foiled) practice; Conclusion; 8. Further thoughts 'On the Way'.

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