Let the Reader Understand: Reader-response Criticism and the Gospel of Mark

Let the Reader Understand: Reader-response Criticism and the Gospel of Mark

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By (author) Robert M. Fowler

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 19mm | 523g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1563383381
  • ISBN 13: 9781563383380
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,403,505

Product description

First published in hardcover in 1991, Robert Fowler s Let the Reader Understand was ahead of its time. Using reader-response criticism, a pioneering method for reading the Gospel of Mark, he invited contemporary readers to participate actively in making the meaning of the Gospel. Ten years later, the importance of this methodology is clear to all. In Let the Reader Understand Fowler provides clues to the rhetorical strategies used in Mark, and asks the reader to be attentive to the ways in which the narrative weaves its spell. He also demonstrates how the narrative provides both direction and indirection for the reader through its use of irony and paradox. Rather than providing a complete exposition of Mark, Fowler s book offers hints and suggestions about how readers can read Mark and fashion contemporary meaning for themselves. Robert M. Fowler is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He is the author of Loaves and Fishes: The Function of the Feeding Stories in the Gospel of Mark and is a contributor to The Postmodern Bible. For: Seminarians; graduate students; undergraduates; general audiences; pastors>

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Robert M. Fowler is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Review quote

"The paperback edition of this important book is long overdue. No other biblical scholar has been as closely identified with reader-response criticism as Robert Fowler, and Let the Reader Understand remains the most thoroughgoing and impressive application of this much-discussed methodology to a biblical text." Stephen D. Moore, author of Literary Criticism and the Gospels