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Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark


Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521091398

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  • Exploring the interrelated topics of Christology and discipleship within the apocalyptic context of Mark's Gospel, Henderson focuses on six passages: Mark 1:16–20; 3:13--15; 4:1–34; 6:7–13; 6:32–44; 6:45–52. Together, these passages indicate that the disciples failed to understand not just Jesus' messianic identity per se but the apocalyptic nature of his messiahship, as well as its implications for their own participation in God's coming reign. The implications of this for Mark's gospel as a whole are to situate Mark's Christological claims within the broader context of the apocalyptic 'gospel of God'. This lends coherence to Mark's bifocal interest in miracle and passion. It also illuminates the relationship between Mark's Jesus and his followers as those who carry forward his own mission: to demonstrate the coming kingdom of God, which is fully assured if not yet fully in view.

    • Breaks new ground on the topic of discipleship in Mark's gospel
    • Makes fresh exegetical insights, especially in relation to the gospel's interplay with Jewish scripture
    • Makes coherent sense of a gospel that is often understood in terms of contradictions and contrasts
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    'This significant study deserves a place in every serious NT library.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521091398
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Jesus' mission and theirs
    Part I. Patterns of Discipleship:
    2. The calling of the Fishers in Mark 1:16–20
    3. The commissioning of the Twelve in Mark 3:13–15
    Part II. Discipleship in Action:
    4. Discipleship as presence in Mark 4:1–34
    5. Discipleship as practice
    6. Discipleship as (transforming) presence
    7. Discipleship as (foiled) practice
    8. Further thoughts 'On the Way'.

  • Author

    Suzanne Watts Henderson, Salem Academy and College, North Carolina
    Suzanne Watts Henderson is Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem College, Winston-Salem.

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