Jesus' Cry From the Cross

Jesus' Cry From the Cross : Towards a First-Century Understanding of the Intertextual Relationship between Psalm 22 and the Narrative of Mark's Gospel

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Using a multi-level approach to Mark 15:34, and contra to the opinion of the majority of Markan scholarship, a contextual reading of Ps 22:2 does not serve to negate or dilute the presentation of Jesus as one in distress. Rather, such a reading enhances this aspect of his death by underscoring his identity as a Righteous Sufferer who experiences suffering but has the promise of vindication.

The evidence that supports a contextual reading of the citation in the Markan narrative includes: (a) the importance of Jesus' impending resurrection/vindication and its foreshadowing; (b) the relatively consistent contextual use of the scriptures in the narrative prior to Mark 15:34; (c) the patterns of the textual and liturgical use of the psalms and the presence of the motif of the Righteous Sufferer in Mark's socio-cultural milieu; (d) the presentation of Jesus as the Righteous Sufferer throughout the narrative; and (e) an exegesis of Mark 15:34 and the surrounding Markan passion-resurrection narrative with regard to the function of Ps 22 in the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.

A test case of this argument is undertaken at the close of the book, when both Matthew and Luke's treatment of Ps 22 and other Righteous Sufferer language is considered, regarding their readings of Ps 22 in Mark as the earliest tangible evidence of the interpretation of this passage in his gospel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0567690113
  • 9780567690111

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Setting the Scene: Mark 15:34 in the Current Debate
Chapter 2: Intertextuality, Citation, and Allusion
Chapter 3: Suffering, Death, and Vindication: The Importance of Resurrection in Mark's Gospel
Chapter 4: Citation of and Allusion to the Scriptures in Mark's Gospel
Chapter 5: The Socio-Cultural Context of Mark's Gospel: The Motif of the Righteous Sufferer and the Use of Psalms in the First Century
Chapter 6: Jesus as Mark's Righteous Sufferer
Chapter 7: The Meaning and Function of Ps 22 in Mark's Passion-Resurrection Narrative
Chapter 8: Conclusions (Chapters 3-7)
Chapter 9: Matthew and Luke: Early Readers of Mark's Gospel
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Review quote

'Two features of this book are particularly praiseworthy. First, Carey repeatedly eschews traditional dichotomies, seeking to incorporate the strengths of competing positions. Second, she approaches the argument in an exceptionally thorough manner, using her narratival emphasis as a basis for incorporating discussions of the nature of her citation and allusion, socio-cultural queries, and Markan studies generally, all of which coalesce in her treatmnet of Mark 15:34.' Adam J Johnson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, USA -- Adam J Johnson
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About Holly J. Carey

Holly J. Carey is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Atlanta Christian College, East Point, GA, USA
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