The African Memory of Mark
We often regard the author of the Gospel of Mark as an obscure figure about whom we know little. Many would be surprised to learn how much fuller a picture of Mark exists within widespread African tradition, tradition that holds...
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We often regard the author of the Gospel of Mark as an obscure figure about whom we know little. Many would be surprised to learn how much fuller a picture of Mark exists within widespread African tradition, tradition that holds that Mark himself was from North Africa, that he founded the church in Alexandria, that he was an eyewitness to the Last Supper and Pentecost, that he was related not only to Barnabas but to Peter as well and accompanied him on many of his travels.
^^In this provocative reassessment of early church tradition, Thomas C. Oden begins with the palette of New Testament evidence and adds to it the range of colors from traditional African sources, including synaxaries (compilations of short biographies of saints to be read on feast days), archaeological sites, non-Western historical documents and ancient churches.
^^The result is a fresh and illuminating portrait of Mark, one that is deeply rooted in African memory and seldom viewed appreciatively in the West.
Thomas Oden calls for a radical reassessment of early church tradition by directing our attention to Africa, where a memory of St. Mark survives as the North African founder of the church in Alexandria. The result is an illuminating portrait that challenges long-standing assumptions in the West.
Thomas C. Oden (Ph.D., Yale University) recently retired as Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; Ancient Christian Texts and Ancient Christian Doctrine Set and author of numerous theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology
- List Of Illustrations
- Preface Not For Africans Alone
- 1 A Boy Named John Mark
- Part One: The African Memory Of St. Mark
- 2 Defining African Memory
- 3 The African Roots
- 4 The Literary Sources Of The African Memory Of Mark
- Part Two: The Identity Of The Biblical Mark Viewed From African Tradition
- 5 A Portrait Of Mark
- 6 The African Mosaic Of The Lord’s Supper And Pentecost According To Mark
- 7 Mark With Peter And Paul
- Part Three: Mark In Africa
- 8 The Call Of Mark To Carry The Good News To Africa
- 9 Mark’s Martyrdom Sites In Alexandria
- Part Four: Mark In The Historical Record
- 10 Mark’s African Identity Viewed Historically
- Part Five: The Ubiquity Of Mark
- 11the Puzzle Of Mark
- 12 When The John Mark Of History Meets The St. Mark Of Memory
- 13 The Markan Nucleus Of African Liturgy And Catechesis
- Select Bibliography
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index