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Mark as Story Second Edition [Paperback]

By David Rhoads (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 4, 2005
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800631609  
EAN  9780800631604  

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Like vintage wine, this book just keeps getting better. The chapters are organized in literary-critical terms---the narrator, settings, plot, characters (especially Jesus), and readers. The overall emphasis is still on plot. The most complete approach of its kind in English,"---Religious Studies Review.

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Mark as Story has proved to be a useful resource for laypersons, students, and clergy for fifteen years. It introduces the Gospel of Mark as a unified composition, laying bare the narrative thread as well as the basic motifs. It is marked throughout by clarity, freshness, and a lively style.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Rhoads is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.

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  1. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement (Hardcover

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A new light... Not a translation  Dec 10, 2005
Some of the criticisms I have gotten from my peers about this book is that they didn't like the liberties the authors took in "translating" the gospel of Mark. The authors are not translating the Gospel of Mark. They are illustrating how Mark works as a story that one may hear around a campfire. I don't see the "liberalism" that the first reviewer has identified. Rhoads/Dewey/Michie employ literary criticism to unpack the significance of the various facets of Mark's gospel. If you are a student of scripture and you want to learn to read the oft overly-familiar bible with a fresh lens, Mark as Story will give you a fresh start at reading the scriptures.
Great insights into the narrative, TERRIBLE view of Christ  Dec 25, 2003
Mark as Story has some value in terms of leading the reader through the plot of the Gospel of Mark, but contains a huge amount of biases and poor theology. For the reader that can sort through this, the book is quite valuable. For instance, the authors take LARGE efforts to promote a feminist reading of the text in various places. They somehow find (through poor exegesis) that Jesus' teachings contain the agenda to break down all patriarchal structures and as a logical conclusion - the family (if you don't want "fathers" in the Kingdom of God on earth, then how do you have brothers and sisters?). This flies in the face of 1000's of other texts. While people may disagree about gender teachings in the Bible, the authors certainly have not dealt with issues from 1 Tim. 2; 1 Cor. 11, 14, and Eph. 5 on marriage and headship. My guess is that this is more prevalent in the 2nd edition since the female author was not in the first edition. I mean no disrespect to her, but the biases are sad and unsubstantiated. The passage they quote cannot stand because in the other Gospels the omission of "father" is not there (in the passage about giving up homes, etc. and receiving a hundred fold in this life and eternal life, etc). You'll have to see the book to understand what I mean.

What is astounding is that the authors take many large footnotes to explain the fact that women had a prominent role in the church despite a lack of evidence in Mark. This is not to say that Mark does not speak about female disciples, but their point is that you must look at the other Gospels to find more support of this. HOWEVER, they refuse to look at other gospels when it is inconvenient to their theology, and MOST SUPRISINGLY, they emphatically state that "Jesus is not God" in a multitude of places because they feel Mark does not reference this idea enough and they refuse to consider other Gospels to present a Biblical theology or more balanced view of Christ (nor will they interact with Church history, or councils on the deity and humanity of Christ). I understand they want to take Mark at face value and ignore other Gospels, but then why do they look to other Gospels when it serves their agenda, but ignore other Gospels when trying to paint a picture of the main character - Jesus? My complaint is thus: How can you have all these footnotes for proving your view of women's role in the early Church, and YET OMIT THE FACT THAT JESUS' DEITY IS ALL OVER THE OTHER GOSPELS AND THE OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS??? All I'm asking for is a simple footnote as they pound their liberal theology stating, "While WE see no evidence for Christ's deity in this Gospel, it is possible for some to deduce this from a. a study of "the Son of Man" in this Gospel and the Old Testament b. a careful look at Matthew, Luke, and John's Gospel, c. the rest of the New Testament proclaims the fact of Jesus being God in the flesh from Colossians 1 and 2, John 1, Hebrews 1, the virgin birth, ETC. d. the title "Son of God" in Mark may indicate Jesus' deity, e. the "I am" statements in Mark indicate deity, f. a consideration of what happened at the Transfiguration. The authors also ignore the Old Testaments quotes throughout the Gospels (i.e. Isa. 7 and 9- A CHILD WILL BE BORN, A SON WILL BE GIVEN...and HE shall be called....MIGHTY GOD).

I only ask for this FOOTNOTE because this is a fair request in light of the focus on the person and work of Christ in the Bible, and because if they want to spend so much time developing a feminist agenda they need to balance this with the focus of the Gospel - Jesus. Mark was not written to promote 21st century, postmodern, relativistic, pluralistic, feminist ideas. It was written to proclaim Jesus. Since the authors take more time promoting their agendas than giving a fair portrayal of Jesus, I ask them to revise the book and keep their exegesis and exposition fair and balanced. It is obvious from their footnotes that they have not interacted with hardly any evangelical theologians, and all their sources are highly liberal. They need to interact with other scholars, not a part of their camps, to present a balanced and fair view. I suggest they read some Carson, Moo, Schreiner, O'Brien, Fee, Grudem, or Morris.
See The Gospel According to Mark (Pillar New Testament Commentary Series) by James R., Jr. Edwards, The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary by Ben, III Witherington, The Gospel According to Mark by William L. Lane, Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross by Robert H. Gundry, Word Biblical Commentary on Mark 8:27-16:20 by Craig A. Evans

So, again, overall the book takes the reader through the Gospel in an exciting way and reveals tons of structures and thematic devices that may not be readily apparent without more study. But, the Christology in the book is blasphemous and is far from the orthodox faith of Christians for 2000 years. Their assumptions and presuppositions are glaring and reflect poor study and scholarship.

Understanding Mark on its own terms  Jan 28, 2002
I have a confession to make. Mark was probably my least favorite of the Gospels. It seemed so disjointed at times. The author seemed to race from one event to the other, with seemingly little connection between events or tales. His descriptions and details seemed scant, with the other Gospels filling in the blanks. And there lies part of my problem in trying to figure the book of Mark out - my reliance on the other Gospels to help me interpret it, instead of reading Mark as though I was hearing everything about the life, death, and resurrection of the Messiah for the first time.

The authors of "Mark as Story" try to impress upon the reader the importance of understanding Mark on its own terms as a narrative. They offer four guidelines in this approach: (1) read Mark as a story rather than history, (2) read Mark independently from the other Gospels, (3) avoid reading modern cultural assumptions into the story, and (4) avoid reading modern theologies about Jesus back into Mark's story. With these guidelines in mind, the authors discuss the various elements of Mark, known in biblical studies as "narrative criticism" where tone, style, setting, plot, characters, etc. are analyzed. Sound like a college course in Literature? Perhaps. And thus this particular book may not be to everyone's liking. As for me, I can truly say that I have a much greater appreciation for the Gospel of Mark having read it as a work of literature in its own right. - Ronni

An excellent and fresh approach to the Gospel of Mark  Jun 11, 1999
This fairly brief book provides a fresh and exciting approach to the Gospel of Mark. By respecting the integrity of Mark and encouraging the reader to attend to the details and style of this Gospel, the reader is allowed to experience anew the Gospel and find within its story the astounding character of Jesus.
They never taught you this in Sunday School  Feb 18, 1999
Most churches teach "the gospels" as if they were one story told by someone named Matthew Mark Luke John. So it's very hard to read any one gospel as if for the first time. They all wind up sounding like random collections of sayings and miracles by Jesus leading up to Good Friday and Easter. What Rhoads and Michie do is to treat the Gospel of Mark as a work of literature in its own right, apart from anything else we know or think we know about Jesus. They examine Mark's rhetoric, settings, plot, and characters to see how he tells the story. In the process, they enable us to experience Mark's gospel in a completely fresh way. Now I'm waiting for them to do the same thing for Matthew, Luke, and John--especially John.

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