The Gospel of Mark
By (author) Ben Witherington
Gospel of Mark by Ben Witherington
Book DescriptionThis book 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 fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel. Written when the fledging Christian faith was experiencing a major crisis during the Jewish war, Mark provides us with the first window on how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish audience. According to Witherington, the structure of Mark demonstrates that this Gospel is biographically focused on the identity of Jesus and the importance of knowing who he is--the Christ, the Son of God. This finding reveals that Christology stood at the heart of the earliest Christians' faith. It also shows how important it was to these earliest Christians to persuade others about the nature of Jesus, both as a historical figure and as the Savior of the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780802845030
(235mm x 159mm x 26mm)
Imprint: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ben Witherington
Jesus the Seer, Paperback (October 2014)
Scholars recognize that prophetic traditions, expressions, and experiences stand at the heart of most religions in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is no less true for the world of Judaism and Jesus. The author offers an extensive, cross-cultural survey of the broader expressions of prophecy in its ancient Mediterranean context.
Invitation to the New Testament, Hardback (January 2013)
The book offers a balanced approach, addressing the content, and interpretation of the New Testament in a faith-friendly light. Unique among other similar introductory textbooks, it gives a reading of the New Testament that keeps its original social and rhetorical contexts in mind.
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