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The Theological Context of Mark

Marie Noonan Sabin

in Reopening the Word

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143591
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834600 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143590.003.0001
The Theological Context of Mark

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Searches for the origins of Mark in Early Judaism, taking up the questions of its authorship, provenance, and genre. In the process, Sabin discusses the Papias fragment that links Mark with Peter, the Aramaic and semitisms of Mark's language, and the relevance of midrashic methods of composition to the shape of Mark's Gospel. She connects her conclusions to the Christian tradition, evident in the church fathers, of seeking to preserve the gospel's Jewish roots. She presents her own hermeneutical method as one of retrieval and dialog: retrieval of what the text might have meant to its original author and audience, and dialog with that meaning in relation to the present Christian community. In the rest of the book she proposes to reconstruct the reading‐frame of first‐century Judaism and place the consequent interpretation of Mark in conversation with other reading‐frames that have been used by Christians over the centuries.

Keywords: authorship; composition; genre; gospel; hermeneutical method; language; midrashic; origins; Papias fragment; retrieval and dialog

Chapter.  14414 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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