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Miracles and the Kingdom of God: Christology and Social Identity in Mark and Q (Hardback)
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Miracles and the Kingdom of God: Christology and Social Identity in Mark and Q (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 28/03/2018
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In the last decade or so, scholarship on the miracles of Jesus has shifted from reconstructions of the historical Jesus to the questions of why and to what end early Jesus-followers told stories about miracles. Myrick Shinall contends that Mark and Q contain two distinct ways of remembering Jesus's miracles in relation to his proclamation of the kingdom of God. He compares three cases of Mark-Q overlaps which feature miracles: the Beelzebul controversy, the commissioning of the disciples, and the testing or "temptation" narratives, and finds that in Mark, the miracles and the kingdom of God both point to Jesus' identity as a divine figure, whereas in Q, Jesus and the miracles point instead to the coming kingdom of God. Shinall further argues that these different views represent different strategies for creating group identities for Jesus' followers, strategies that came into conflict as the movement's identity coalesced. At length, he shows that the mix of "high" and "low" Christology in the Synoptic tradition requires reframing of the current debate over how early a "high" Christology developed in the nascent Jesus movement.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781978701113
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 21 mm


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Smartly written and full of instructive comparative materials, Miracles and the Kingdom of God is a salutary warning against flattening or harmonizing parallel synoptic texts. The volume is an important contribution to the on-going debates about early Christology, and scholars will henceforth have to reckon with Shinall's novel suggestions and provocative conclusions. -- Dale C. Allison Jr., Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
This study of the miracles and the kingdom in Mark and Q/double tradition, with also a valuable eye to social identity and sociological issues, finds significant differences between the two strands. Well-argued and thought-provoking, this is an important contribution to gospel studies and will be of interest to all students of Mark and Q. -- Christopher Tuckett, University of Oxford
This is a very fine and rich comparison of the miracles stories that overlap the Gospel of Mark and the synoptic Sayings Gospel Q. Deep knowledge of the use of miracle stories in Greco-Roman antiquity, a studied sensitivity to the relationship between miracles stories and early Christian intellectual and social formation, and skilled exegesis of the relevant texts, allow the author to make a convincing argument that Mark and Q represent very different conceptions of Jesus and social visions for his groups of followers. -- Willi Braun, University of Alberta

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