Resurrection in Mark's Literary-historical Perspective - The Library of New Testament Studies (Hardback)
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Resurrection in Mark's Literary-historical Perspective - The Library of New Testament Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 19/06/2007
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Through a careful reading of several ancient texts such as Chariton's Callirho, Fullmer identifies an ancient storytelling convention with roots in the Homeric tradition in which narratives of death and revival accentuate significant points in a story. In Mark's Gospel, resurrection narratives accentuate the power of Jesus' ministry (Mark 5:21-43) as well as the ironic disloyalty of Jesus' disciples as their failure is first assured (Mark 9:14-29) and later realized (Mark 16:1-18). The reader of this study will come to appreciate how the irony of the Gospel a literary feature that is prominent in novelistic literature is furthered by a novelistic application of the resurrection theme. These observations affirm an identification of the genre of the Gospel as novelistic literature. The study also examines themes of death and revival in texts of the Hebrew Bible, revealing a recurrent constellation of motifs. In these texts, Fullmer convincingly traces a Prophetic resurrection topos with characteristics that are compared to an Epic resurrection topos identified in the Homeric tradition. He then demonstrates how the two topoi merge in later, novelistic texts of Hellenistic Judaism such as the Gospel of Mark, witnessing to a widespread amalgamation of cultures that characterizes the Hellenistic period. This study supports a growing appreciation of the ethnic hybridity of the context that produced Mark's Gospel, contributing to the work of scholars who question an often overdrawn dichotomy between Jewish and Greek culture in the Hellenistic period. Moreover, the significant influence of epic, non-biblical traditions upon the Gospel becomes manifest without an assertion of direct dependence upon Homeric epic. Overall, the study provides a model for the examination of specific themes of the Gospel in light of related ancient literature which enhances modern understanding and appreciation of Mark's story.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567045539
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 559 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


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"There is much of interest in this book...The greatest value of the work probably lies in the amount of material brought togheter, much of it new to many readers""the eye-wateringly small font used for the copious and very useful tables and figures detracted from some of the pleasure of reading the book"1 December 2008--, "Expository Times "
'A significant study...Fullmer contributes greatly to understanding the literary precursors of Mark that influenced the Gospel author's storytelling.' John Dart, RBL--Sanford Lakoff "Review of Biblical Literature "
"This fine study is directed at a wide inexperienced audience" Journal for the study of the New Testament, 30 May 2008--Sanford Lakoff
"There is much of interest in this book... The greatest value of the work probably lies in the amount of material brought togheter, much of it new to many readers" "the eye-wateringly small font used for the copious and very useful tables and figures detracted from some of the pleasure of reading the book" 1 December 2008--Sanford Lakoff "Expository Times "

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