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The Marcan Portrayal of the «Jewish» Unbeliever

A Function of the Marcan References to Jewish Scripture- The Theological Basis of a Literary Construct

by Rev. Dr. Neil R. Parker (Author)
©2008 Monographs X, 350 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 79

Summary

One of the most lamentable aspects of Christendom’s history has been the long-standing antipathy of some of its members toward persons of the Jewish faith. However, the writer of Mark’s gospel did not intend to promulgate such antipathy. Parker’s groundbreaking re-assessment of how the evangelist applies Jewish scriptures serves to establish the true nature of Mark’s unfavourable depiction of Judaism’s custodians as a theological construct. The overriding purpose behind Mark’s caricature of Jesus’ compatriots was to explain the presence of «faulty» belief, or even unbelief, among a Gentile readership. Subsequent generations have mistakenly given historical credence to Mark’s account of Jesus’s ministry. Regrettably, this has resulted in the erroneous theological legitimization of atrocities against the Jews.

Details

Pages
X, 350
Year
2008
ISBN (PDF)
9781453902875
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820474830
DOI
10.3726/978-1-4539-0287-5
Language
English
Publication date
2008 (March)
Keywords
Markusevangelium Redaktion Old Testament Exegesis Church Scripture Bible
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 350 pp.

Biographical notes

Rev. Dr. Neil R. Parker (Author)

The Author: Neil R. Parker is an ordained clergyman in the United Church of Canada. He received his Th.D. in Biblical studies (New Testament) from the Toronto School of Theology and The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has translated several German articles in his area of specialty, which have been published in scholarly journals and collections of essays. Most recently, his translation of a Ph.D. thesis on Jonathan Edwards’s doctrine of free will was included in a multivolume anthology of papers on the work of this early American philosopher.

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