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Models of Authority and Debate in the Gospel of Mary

by Bokyung Kim (Author)
Monographs X, 136 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 173

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Series Editor’s Preface
  • Chapter One Introduction
  • History of Scholarship
  • Texts, Provenance, and Dating
  • Genre and Literary Unity
  • Definition and Discussion of ‘Gnosticism’
  • Summary and Conclusion
  • Chapter Two Methodological Clarification: Narrative Criticism
  • Premises and Procedure of Narrative Criticism
  • Text as a Self-Contained Whole
  • Text as a Motivated Discourse
  • The Generation of Meaning in a Dialogical Process
  • The Role of Cultural Context in the Generation of Meaning
  • Theories of Characterization, Emplotment, and Point-of-View Crafting
  • Characters and Characterization
  • Plot and Emplotment
  • Point-of-View Crafting
  • Expected Reading: Identifying the Textual and Extratextual Clues
  • Summary and Conclusion
  • Chapter Three Extratext for the Implied Reader: Models of Authority in Antiquity
  • The Means: Authority of Divine Revelation
  • Divine Revelation in Jewish Literature
  • Divine Revelation in Non-Jewish Literature
  • The Agent: Authority of the Tradition of a Cultural Heroic Figure
  • The Phenomenon of Pseudepigraphy and Its Authorizing Function
  • The Extratextual Information about Mary a Cultural Heroic Figure
  • Summary and Conclusion
  • Chapter Four The Gospel of Mary: How to Make Truth-Authority Claims
  • Comparison of the Greek and Coptic Versions
  • Comparison of POxy 3525 and BG 8502 9:5–13
  • Comparison of PRyl 463 and BG 8502 17:5–19:5
  • The Structure of the Text
  • The Function of the Narrative Framework
  • The Function of the Characters and Point-of-View Crafting
  • Exegesis: “Is She More Worthy than Us?”
  • Initial Situation (7:1–9:5a)
  • Initiation of Tension (9:5b–12a)
  • Development of Tension (9:12b–18:15a)
  • Resolution of Tension (18:15b–21a)
  • Final Situation (18:21b–19:2)
  • Conclusion: the Divine Revelation of Mary the Savior’s Favorite
  • Chapter Five Summary and Conclusion
  • Index
  • Series index

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Control Number: 2019057301

About the author

Bokyung Kim received her PhD in biblical studies from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, her MDiv from Tyndale Seminary, and her MA and her BA from Ewha Womans University. She is a lecturer in the New Testament at Knox College in Toronto.

About the book

This book takes a narrative-critical approach to the meaning and function of debate in the Gospel of Mary. The debate scene in the Gospel of Mary has been interpreted with the assumed framework of the Gnostic-orthodox confl ict and feminist biblical studies’ particular interest in the gender issue. When approached narrative-critically, the portrayal of the debate is fundamentally concerned with the narrative’s rhetoric of persuasion. The function of the debate scene is meant to make truth-authority claims by appealing to the authority of divine revelation and the authority of the shared knowledge about Mary, the Savior’s favorite, according to the two models of authority, which were widely used in antiquity (i.e., revelatory authority and literary authority). Scholars and students who are interested in early Christian texts and methods of interpretation could use this book to gain a new look into the meaning of the texts, especially the roles of the interactions among the characters.

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Summary

This book takes a narrative-critical approach to the meaning and function of debate in the Gospel of Mary. The debate scene in the Gospel of Mary has been interpreted with the assumed framework of the Gnostic-orthodox conflict and feminist biblical studies’ particular interest in the gender issue. When approached narrative-critically, the portrayal of the debate is fundamentally concerned with the narrative’s rhetoric of persuasion. The function of the debate scene is meant to make truth-authority claims by appealing to the authority of divine revelation and the authority of the shared knowledge about Mary, the Savior’s favorite, according to the two models of authority, which were widely used in antiquity (i.e., revelatory authority and literary authority). Scholars and students who are interested in early Christian texts and methods of interpretation could use this book to gain a new look into the meaning of the texts, especially the roles of the interactions among the characters.

Details

Pages
X, 136
ISBN (PDF)
9781433175275
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433175282
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433175299
ISBN (Book)
9781433175268
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (June)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. X, 136 pp.

Biographical notes

Bokyung Kim (Author)

Bokyung Kim received her PhD in biblical studies from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, her MDiv from Tyndale Seminary, and her MA and her BA from Ewha Womans University. She is a lecturer in the New Testament at Knox College in Toronto.

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