A Preface to Mark
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A Preface to Mark : Notes on the Gospel in Its Literary and Cultural Settings

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Christopher Bryan examines Mark's Gospel from the standpoint of newer critical methodologies. he has two purposes: to establish what kind of text Mark was seen to have been, by others as well as by Mark himself, when it was written; and to determine if Mark was written to be read aloud. Bryan's conclusions not only show Mark's Gospel in its original settings, but also suggest ways in which contemporary encounters with Mark can be enriched.show more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195115678
  • 9780195115673

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In this well-written book, he brings together two major strands of gospel studies into a fascinating synthesis....This is a significant contribution to Markan studies...... like Mark, this book has an easy accessible style (with few intrusive notes, but full, annotated bibliographies after every chapter), draws on a wide variety of literary traditions, and deserves a wide hearing. * Scottish Journal of Theology * This introduction to the Gospel of Mark as Graeco-Roman literature is highly recommended, not just for students of Mark but for anyone interested in the literary character of the early Christian writings ... Bryan's confident grasp of the relevant sources, as well as his clear and engaging style, make this a suitable and instructive text for scholars at all levels. * Journal of Theological Studies * The book is informative and refreshing due to its interaction with a variety of Graeco-Roman sources. * Journal for the Study of the New Testament 57 (1995) * It is a well-reasoned discussion of two issues ... an interesting, stimulating ... study ... His discussion is thorough ... presents his conclusions with enthusiasm and as a result of wide reading and careful research. * Eric Franklin, Church Times * a book to ponder, not least in so far as our residual experience of its emphasis has been reduced to the weekly hearing of liturgical snippets too often badly rendered. * Expository Times * From the cloth edition: a well-reasoned discussion of two issues ... an interesting, stimulating ... study. His discussion is thorough, and ... presents his conclusions with enthusiasm and as a result of wide reading and careful research * Church Times *show more

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