The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 8, 2001 - Religion - 463 pages
This book offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel.

Written when the fledging Christian faith was experiencing a major crisis during the Jewish war, Mark provides us with the first window on how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish audience.

According to Witherington, the structure of Mark demonstrates that this Gospel is biographically focused on the identity of Jesus and the importance of knowing who he is--the Christ, the Son of God. This finding reveals that Christology stood at the heart of the earliest Christians' faith. It also shows how important it was to these earliest Christians to persuade others about the nature of Jesus, both as a historical figure and as the Savior of the world.
 

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I have yet to read a commentary by Witherington that wasn't simple amazing in terms of breadth, insight, and just plain exegetical common sense. When I choose to purchase a commentary for the New ... Read full review

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Witherington has written several of the socio-rhetorical commentaries for Eerdmans. This one on Mark's gospel is just tremendous. Dr. Witherington sets the paradigm for interpreting Mark by ... Read full review

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Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Related "kingdom" books of his includeBen Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won thenbsp;Christianity Todaynbsp;best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books includenbsp;We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worshipnbsp;and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes anbsp; blog nbsp;at patheos.com and can also be found on the web atnbsp; benwitherington.com .

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