Let the Reader Understand

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

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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>show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152.1 x 229.6 x 19.1mm | 522.53g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1563383381
  • 9781563383380
  • 924,011

Review quote

"Robert Fowler proposes a novel idea: What if we were to read books of the Bible the way we read other books? He reviews the Gospel of Mark the way one might approach a modern short story, noting how it affects its readers and asking why it sometimes affects different readers differently. A breakthrough in biblical scholarship, Let the Reader Understand has pragmatic worth for all who appreciate the Gospels as something other than historical artifacts. His approach brings the Gospel of Mark into the present, allowing it to speak in potentially unique ways to everyone who reads it. A modern 'classic' of biblical criticism, this volume is essential reading for all who are serious about studying the Gospels in ways that respect their character as literary narratives." Mark Allan Powell--Sanford Lakoffshow more

About Robert M. Fowler

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