Reopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism by Marie Noonan SabinReopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism by Marie Noonan Sabin

Reopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism

byMarie Noonan Sabin

Paperback | December 7, 2011

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Sabin analyzes the Book of Mark by setting its composition in the context of the theological discourse of first-century Judaism. She argues that retrieving Mark's voice in the context of Early Judaism brings with it insights much needed in our day: of God's presence in the ordinary; of God'simage reflected in female as well as male; of watchfulness as the way of wisdom; of God's revelation as ongoing.
Independent scholar with a Ph.D. in English from Yale and an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary; Marie Noonan Sabin is the author of The Gospel According to Mark in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series (2006)
Title:Reopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early JudaismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199895740

ISBN - 13:9780199895748

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Table of Contents

1. The Theological Context of MarkSearching for the Origins of MarkRetrieving the Jewish ContextConnecting With Christian TraditionDialoguing With the TextRereading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism2. Scripture Interpreting Scripture: Reopening the WorldThe Opening VerseThe Seed Parables3. Scripture Intersecting History: Mark's EschatologyThe Outer Frame of Chapter 13The Inner Frame of Chapter 13"The Desolating Sacrilege': The Core EvilImages of HopeSummary4. From the Temple to the Cross: An Exegetical JourneyThe Temple, the Fig Tree, and the VineyardThe Exegetical Debates in the TempleFrom False Witness to Revelation in the TempleSummary5. The Identity of the Markan Jesus: A MeshalJesus as "the Messiah"Jesus as "the Beloved Son"Jesus as "the Son of Man"Jesus as "Son of David" and "Son of Mary"Jesus as "Wisdom"6. The Discipleship of Wisdom: A Process of TransformationThe Foolish DisciplesThe Disciples' Potential for TransformationWomen Transformed: The Ending of Mark is the Beginning of Wisdom7. The Unending Revolution: Mark 16:8 as a Theological ChoiceThe Spurious EndingThe Textual Evidence for Mark 16:8The Canonical Argument for Mark 16:8How Mark 16:8 Fits the Literary Shape of Mark's Gospel16:8: Mark's Theological VoiceConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex of Ancient TextsIndex of Authors and Subjects

Editorial Reviews

"Sabin reminds us that in reading Mark's Gospel we must never forget that its author is a first-century Jewish writer who engages the entire Hebrew Bible in communicating his evaluation of Jesus, his followers, and his adversaries. She consequently claims that only an understanding of theMidrashic interpretation of Scripture in Mark's time can unlock the nature of his Gospel. Her aim is to counter longstanding standard approaches to the interpretation of Mark. She is singularly successful. Time and again she produces original insights into our understanding of Mark." --Calum M. Carmichael, Cornell University