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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664222757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664222758
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard A. Horsley is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a prolific author with twenty New Testament studies to his credit, including Scribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea, published by WJK.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stealthismatt on April 15, 2010
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This is a book review I wrote for a class over this book. I really enjoyed reading it and this book definitely makes you reexamine your understanding of Jesus and the first century.

Horsley demands a new investigation in the Markan text is required due to the abuse of "modern literary analysis and Christian theological concepts." Mark has suffered from the hands of these dissectors as they savage their way through chunks of verses, establishing their own individualistic agendas, all while ignoring the oral, social, and political concepts of Markan text. Mark must be placed within its correct context of a story full of conflicts describing the historical interaction of the Galilean and Judean villages under Roman imperial rule. The dominant plot of Mark centers on Jesus "proclaiming the kingdom of God and manifesting God's renewing power for the people in exorcisms and healings." Secondly, there is a mandate for the disciples of Jesus to take this message and apply it to both the political and economic life of the village.

The first chapter sets forth the apologetic of understanding Mark as a whole story. The Western reader, diagnosed with individualistic interpretation and plagued by mini-sermons that chop up and allegorize selected chapters, is urged to gain a historical understanding of the situations of the Markan text. Mark is a story that takes place in the villages of a third world country that details the struggle between the ruling elite and those being dominated. All the subplots within the text point toward the general agenda of a renewal movement amongst Israel's villages under the rule of Jerusalem leaders and Roman imperialism.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John D. White on April 3, 2007
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This is a meaty, tough, serious book not to be read by the casual dilettante. It requires effort, sweat, devotion, and work. Having said that I am persuaded by Horsley's argument and found a new appreciation for the evangelist Mark. This is not an easy book and pastors, busy pastors, might not want to expend the effort needed in order to understand what the author intends. However, I found the devotion needed to work through the book more than paid rewards in appreciating both the author's knowledge and expertise, but also the gospel writer's abilities.
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