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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi- Volume 2

Studies in the New Testament


Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This book, the second of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi, includes contemporary essays on the New Testament. The topics offer a rich array of exegetical studies related to the life and teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul. Coming from America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the contributors to Volume 2 of the Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi have gathered to advance the scholarly vision of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi.
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From Volkmar to Tarazi and Beyond: Mark as an Allegorical Presentation of the Pauline Gospel, Tom Dykstra


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From Volkmar to Tarazi and Beyond: Mark as an Allegorical Presentation of the Pauline Gospel

With the development … of narrative-critical tools and an increasing sensitivity on the part of scholars to the nuances of narrative theology, Volkmar’s original suggestion that Mark’s Gospel is an allegorical presentation of Pauline teaching in the form of a narrative may be due, therefore, for a comeback. William Telford1

In 1857 Gustav Volkmar published Die Religion Jesu,2 which presented his thesis that the Gospel of Mark was an allegorical presentation of Paul‘s teaching and Paul’s life. He became known as one of the most radical members of the Tübingen school,3 and his theory never took hold. Some 70 years later Martin Werner published a text in which he argued that Volkmar was completely wrong: not only was Mark not an allegory, it was not Pauline at all.4 Werner’s thesis gained nearly universal approval, and Volkmar’s name was relegated to the dust-bin of history.5

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