Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism
Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism

Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism

by Rikk E. Watts, Kristian A. Bendoraitis, Mary Marshall, Elizabeth Evans Shively, Klyne Snodgrass, Michael F. Bird, David E. Garland, Morten Hørning Jensen, Holly Beers, Sarah Whittle, Kelly R. Iverson, Susanne Watts Henderson, Sigurd Grindheim, Jeanette Hagen Pifer, Jeffrey W. Aernie, David Instone-Brewer, Mark D. Mathews, John K. Goodrich, Timothy G. Gombis, Nicholas Perrin, David L. Turner, Jason Maston, Mark L. Strauss, Jonathan T. Pennington, Amy Peeler, Nijay K. Gupta, Darrell L. Bock, Helen K. Bond, Craig A. Evans, and Ben C. Blackwell

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Pages 240
Publisher Zondervan
Published 2018
ISBN-13 9780310534457
Over the last several decades, the Jewishness of Jesus has been at the forefront of scholarship and students of the New Testament are more than ever aware of the importance of understanding Jesus and the Gospels in their Jewish context.

Reading Mark in Context helps students see the contour and texture of Jesus’ engagement with his Jewish environment. It brings together a series of accessible essays that compare and contrast viewpoints, theologies, and hermeneutical practices of Mark and his various Jewish contemporaries. Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, this textbook examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the context of Mark’s theology and the nuances of his thinking. Following the narrative progression of Mark’s Gospel, each chapter in this textbook (1) pairs a major unit of the Gospel with one or more sections of a thematically-related Jewish text, (2) introduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparative text, and (3) shows how the ideas in the comparative text illuminate those expressed in Mark.

  • Table of contents
  • Forward by N.T. Wright
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Rule of the community and Mark 1:1-13: preparing the way in the wilderness - Rikk Watts
  • The parables of Enoch and Mark 1:14-2:12: the authoritative Son of Man - Kristian A. Bendoraitis
  • Josephus and Mark 2:13-3:6: controversies with the scribes and Pharisees - Mary Marshall
  • The testaments of the twelve patriarchs and Mark 3:7-35: apocalyptic and the kingdom - Elizabeth E. Shively
  • 4 Ezra and Mark 4:1-34: parables on seeds, sowing, and fruit - Klyne Snodgrass
  • The Testament of Solomon and Mark 5:1-20: exorcism and power over evil spirits - Michael F. Bird
  • Mishnah Zabim and Mark 5:21-6:6a: the rules on purity - David E. Garland
  • Josephus and Mark 6:6b-29: Herod Antipas's execution of John the Baptist - Morten Horning Jensen
  • 4QConsolations and Mark 6:30-56: images of a new exodus - Holly Beers
  • The letter of Aristeas and Mark 7:1-23: developing ideas of defilement - Sarah Whittle
  • Jubilees and Mark 7:24-37: crossing ethnic boundaries - Kelly R. Iverson
  • The Damascus document and Mark 8:1-26: blindness and sight on "the way" - Suzanne Watts Henderson
  • Sirach and Mark 8:27-9:13: Elijah and the Eschaton - Sigurd Grindheim
  • Tobit and Mark 9:14-29: imperfect faith - Jeanette Hagen Pifer
  • Rule of the community and Mark 9:30-50: discipleship reordered - Jeffrey W. Aernie
  • Mishnah Gittin and Mark 10:1-12: marriage and divorce - David Instone-Brewer
  • Eschatological admonition and Mark 10:13-31: riches, poverty, and the faithful - Mark D. Mathews
  • Rule of the congregation and Mark 10:32-52: glory and greatness in eschatological Israel - John K. Goodrich
  • 1 Maccabees and Mark 11:1-11: a subversive entry into Jerusalem - Timothy Gombis
  • Psalms of Solomon and Mark 11:12-25: the great priestly showdown at the temple - Nicholas Perrin
  • The animal apocalypse and Mark 11:27-12:12: the rejection of the prophets and the destruction of the temple - David L. Turner
  • Josephus and Mark 12:13-27: the Sadducees, resurrection, and the law - Jason Maston
  • Psalms of Solomon and Mark 12:28-44: the Messiah's surprising identity and role - Mark L. Strauss
  • The parables of Enoch and Mark 13:1-37: apocalyptic eschatology and the coming Son of Man - Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Mishnah Pesahim and Mark 14:1-25: the passover tradition - Amy Peeler
  • The Babylonian Talmud and Mark 14:26-52: Abba, Father! - Nijay K. Gupta
  • The parables of Enoch and Mark 14:53-73: blasphemy and exaltation - Darrell L. Bock
  • Philo of Alexandria and Mark 15:1-15a: Pontius Pilate, a spineless governor? - Helen K. Bond
  • 11QTemple and Mark 15:15b-47: burying the crucified - Craig A. Evans
  • 2 Maccabees and Mark 16:1-8: resurrection as hope for the present - Ben C. Blackwell
  • Glossary
  • Contributors
  • Passage Index
  • Subject Index
  • Author Index

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