Jesus' Defeat of Death
Peter Bolt explores the impact of Mark's Gospel on its early readers in the first-century Graeco-Roman world. His book focuses upon the thirteen characters in Mark who come to Jesus for healing or exorcism and, using analytical tools of narrative...
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Peter Bolt explores the impact of Mark's Gospel on its early readers in the first-century Graeco-Roman world. His book focuses upon the thirteen characters in Mark who come to Jesus for healing or exorcism and, using analytical tools of narrative and reader-response criticism, explores their crucial role in the communication of the Gospel. Bolt suggests that early readers of Mark would be persuaded that Jesus' dealings with the suppliants show him casting back the shadow of death and that this in itself is preparatory for Jesus' final defeat of death in resurrection. Enlisting a variety of ancient literary and non-literary sources in an attempt to illuminate this first-century world, this book gives special attention to illness, magic and the Roman imperial system. This is a new approach to Mark which attempts to break the impasse between narrative and historical studies and will appeal to scholars and students alike.
"A review of this length cannot give sufficient coverage to such a rich volume of essays which covers so much territory, allows for so many different voices, attitudes and approaches, and raises so many issues. The authors display immense learning in dealing with their topics. I would consider the essay by Robinson to be a "classic" and it should gain its place on the required reading list of anyone interested in the study of early Islamic history. Berg is to be thanked for his work at bringing these essays together, his translation of the Muranyi text and his charitable attitude towards Motzki's criticisms. All those points are the mark of a real scholar." - Studies in Religion, Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria
Dr Peter Bolt (Ph.D., King's College, University of London) is Head of the Department of New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He is the author of Jesus' Defeat of Death: Persuading Mark's Readers(Cambridge, 2003); The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark's Gospel( New Studies in Biblical Theology 18 IVP, 2004); Living With The Underworld (Matthias Media, 2008); Matthew (Reading the Bible Today, Aquila Press) and See How We Died: A Biblical Theology of Mortality (NSBT InterVarsity). He is also the editor of, and contributor to the 2008 Moore College School of Theology published in Christ's Victory over Evil: Biblical theology and pastoral ministry.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- 1. Introduction; 2. The Beginning Of The Gospel (mark 1.1-13); 3. The Kingdom Is Near (mark 1.14-4.34); 4. Jesus And The Perishing (mark 4.35-8.26); 5. Entering The Coming Kingdom (mark 8.27-10.52); 6. The Clash Of Kingdoms (mark 11.1-13.37); 7. The Coming Of The Kingdom (mark 14-16); 8. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.