Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels: The Gospel of Mark
Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels: The Gospel of Mark

Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels: The Gospel of Mark

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Darrell L. Bock, Edwin K. Broadhead, Stephen Anthony Cummins, James R. Edwards, Craig A. Evans, Thomas R. Hatina, Larry Perkins, Stanley E. Porter, Mark Proctor, Tom Shepherd, and Jesper Svartvik

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Pages 204
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2006
ISBN-13 9780567080677
This collection of essays is the second volume in a projected series of five volumes that gather together recent research by leading scholars on the narrative function of embedded Jewish scripture texts (quotations or allusions) in early Christian Gospels. While the contributors employ a diverse range of methods, their research is directed towards considering the function of embedded scripture texts in the context of the Gospels as self-contained narratives written and read/heard in their early Christian settings. The essays are arranged according to their appropriate methodological categories.

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • List of Contributors
  • Introduction
  • The Function of Scripture in Mark 15:1-39 - Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary)
  • Reconfiguring Jesus: The Son of man in Markan Perspective - Edwin Broadhead (Berea College)
  • Integrated Scripture, Imbedded Empire: The Ironic Interplay of King Herod, John and Jesus in Mark 6:1-44 - S. Anthony Cummins (Trinity Western University)
  • The Servant of the Lord and the Gospel of Mark - James R Edwards (Whitworth College)
  • Zechariah in Markan Passion Narrative - Craig Evans (Acadia Divinity College)
  • Ebedded Scripture Texts and the Plurality of Meaning: The Announcement of the Voice from Heaven in Mark 1:11 as a Case Study - Thomas R. Hatina (Trinity Western University)
  • Kingdom, Messianic Authority and the Reconstructing of God's People - Tracing the Function Exodus Material in Mark's Narrative - Larry Perkins (Canadian Associated Theological Schools)
  • The Use of Authoritative Citations in Mark's Gospel and Ancient Biography: A Study of P.Oxy. 1176 - Stanley E. Porter (McMaster Divinity College)
  • 'After Three Days He Will Rise': The (Dis)appropriation of Hosea 6:2 in the Second Gospel's Passion Predictions - Mark Proctor (Baylor University)
  • The Narrative Role of John and Jesus in Mark 1:1-15 - Tom Shepherd (Union College)
  • The Markan Interpretation of the Pentateuchal Food Laws - Jesper Svartvik (Lund University)
  • Bibliography
  • Index of References
  • Index of Authors

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This volume, the third in a projected five-volume set (four on the canonical Gospels and a fifth on extracanonical Gospels), focuses on the use of the Jewish Scriptures in the Gospel of Luke (with one essay on the Acts of the Apostles). The volume consists of an introductory essay followed by eleven articles exploring a variety of issues related to the “function of embedded Scripture texts and their traditions in the narrative and socio-religious contexts of early Christian gospels” (vii): (1) Andrew E. Arterbury, “Zacchaeus: ‘A Son of Abraham’?”; (2) Craig A. Evans, “Luke’s Good Samaritan and the Chronicler’s Good Samaritans”; (3) Michael E. Fuller, “Isaiah 40.3–5 and Luke’s Understanding of the Wilderness of John the Baptist”; (4) Thomas R. Hatina, “The Voice of Northrop Frye Crying in the Wilderness: The Mythmaking Function of Isaiah 40.3 in Luke’s Association of the Baptist”; (5) Sandra Huebenthal, “Luke 24.13–35, Collective Memory, and Cultural Frames”; (6) Anthony Le Donne, “Greater Than Solomon: Orality, Mnemonics, and Scriptural Narrativization in Luke”; (7) Kenneth D. Litwak, “A Coat of Many Colors: The Role of the Scriptures of Israel in Luke 2”; (8) John Nolland, “ ‘The Times of the Nations’ and a Prophetic Pattern in Luke 21”; (9) Larry Perkins, “ ‘The Finger of God’: Lukan Irony and Old Testament Allusion as Narrative Strategy (Luke 11.20 and Exodus 8.19[LXX 8.15])”; (10) Gregory E. Sterling, “Luke as a Reader of the LXX”; (11) Frederick S. [Full Review]
Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels, Vol. 1: The Gospel of Mark Library of New Testament Studies 304 London: T&T Clark, 2006. Pp. xii + 204. Hardcover. $140.00. ISBN 0567080676. David du Toit Institut für Christentum und Antike Berlin, Germany In recent years a number of studies on the use of Scripture in the Gospel of Mark were published, among them an important study by Thomas Hatina (In Search of a Context: The Function of Scripture in Mark’s Narrative [JSNTSup 232; SSEJC 8; 2002]). In the wake of that study Hatina now has collected a number of essays on the same topic by a number of scholars, most of whom had previously written on the topic or on related issues. The volume constitutes the first volume of the five-volume Biblical Interpretation in the Early Christian Gospels, of which four volumes will be dedicated to the four canonical Gospels and a fifth to the use of Scripture in the extracanonical Gospels. The present volume comprises eleven essays by some well-known scholars such as Edwin Broadhead, Craig Evans, and Stanley Porter. The following thematic complexes are covered in the volume: (1) S. Porter compares authoritative citation in Mark’s Gospel and in ancient biography; (2) most of the essays treat the use of scripture in a particular Markan text: 1:1–15, especially 1:2–3 (T. Shepherd); 1:11 (T. Hatina); 6:1–44 (S. A. Cummins); 7:15 (J. Svartvik); 14:53–56 (E. Broadhead); 15:1–39 (D.L. Bock); (3) two essays treat the use of a specific text from Scripture in particular Markan texts: Hos 6:2 in the passion predictions of Mark 8:32–34 and its parallels by M. Proctor; the book of Zechariah in the Markan passion narrative by C. [Full Review]