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Reopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism

Marie Noonan Sabin


Knowing that the earliest Jesus traditions took shape in a Jewish milieu, Sabin sets the composition of the earliest gospel in the context of the theological discourse of first‐century Judaism. That discourse took the form of an exchange between current events and Scripture: contemporary persons and events were understood through the lens of the Hebrew Bible, while at the same time, the biblical word was reopened – i.e., reinterpreted – so as to reveal its relevance to the present faith community. Applying this kind of compositional process (which is related to Midrash) to the Gospel of Mark, ... More

Keywords: composition, Creation theology, Early Judaism, Gospel of Mark, Hebrew Bible, Jesus traditions, Midrash, revelation, Scripture, Wisdom traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195143590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Noonan Sabin, author