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Reopening the WordReading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism$
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Marie Noonan Sabin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143590.001.0001

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The Theological Context of Mark

The Theological Context of Mark

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(p.3) 1 The Theological Context of Mark
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Reopening the Word
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Marie Noonan Sabin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195143590.003.0001

Searches for the origins of Mark in Early Judaism, taking up the questions of its authorship, provenance, and genre. In the process, Sabin discusses the Papias fragment that links Mark with Peter, the Aramaic and semitisms of Mark's language, and the relevance of midrashic methods of composition to the shape of Mark's Gospel. She connects her conclusions to the Christian tradition, evident in the church fathers, of seeking to preserve the gospel's Jewish roots. She presents her own hermeneutical method as one of retrieval and dialog: retrieval of what the text might have meant to its original author and audience, and dialog with that meaning in relation to the present Christian community. In the rest of the book she proposes to reconstruct the reading‐frame of first‐century Judaism and place the consequent interpretation of Mark in conversation with other reading‐frames that have been used by Christians over the centuries.

Keywords:   authorship, composition, genre, gospel, hermeneutical method, language, midrashic, origins, Papias fragment, retrieval and dialog

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