A Reordering of Power: A Socio-Political Reading of Mark's Gospel

A Reordering of Power: A Socio-Political Reading of Mark's Gospel

by Herman C. Waetjen


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A Reordering of Power: A Socio-Political Reading of Mark's Gospel by Herman C. Waetjen

"Waetjen offers us an illuminating reading of Mark's Gospel that was forged out of his own experience in the Third World. Working from a fresh translation that lays bare the Markan style, Waetjen traces the stark conflict between the new ordering of power announced by Jesus and the tenacious domination of the ruling elite in Israel's agrarian society. This innovative application of the sociology of millennialism to the phenomenon of Mark's narrative world is loaded with insights that will be of interest to readers at every level."
--David Rhoads, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625646446
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Herman C. Waetjen is the Robert S. Dollar Professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Abbreviations xvii

Glossary xix

Part 1 Introduction: Reading Mark's Gospel Today 1

Part 2 A Translation of the Gospel According to Mark 27

Part 3 Actualizing the Semantic Potential of the Gospel 63

Beginning the Construction of the Way 1:1-11 63

Temptation in the Wilderness 1:12-13 74

Establishing God's Rule 1:14-45 77

Reordering the World and Conflict with the Guardians of Society 2:1?3:6 86

Founding a New Israel 3:7-35 95

Teaching in Parables 4:1-34 100

Gradations of the Authority of the New Human Being 4:35?5:43 110

Rejection in Nazareth and the Rising Need to Prepare the Disciples for Their Own Ministry in the Future 6:1-56 123

Undermining the Pollution System 7:1?8:11 131

Crisis in Discipleship 8:11?9:50 139

Entering Judea and Constructing the Way into Jerusalem 10:1-52 164

Entry into Jerusalem, Negation of the Temple Institution, and Confrontation with the Ruling Elite 11:1?12:44 179

Teaching on Last Things 13:1-37 196

The Anointing of the Messiah and the Beginning of the Passion 14:1-52 202

The Trials 14:53?15:20 219

The Crucifixion, Death, and Burial 15:16-47 230

Witness to the Resurrection and Final Instructions 16:1-8 240

Index of Biblical and Extrabiblical References 253

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