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The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion
Jesus' Davidic Suffering

Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521130400

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  • Stephen Ahearne-Kroll examines the literary interaction between the Gospel of Mark's passion narrative and four Psalms of Individual Lament evoked in it. These four psalms depict a David who challenges God's role in his suffering, who searches for understanding of his suffering in light of his past relationship with God, and who attempts to shame God into acting on his behalf only because he is suffering. Mark alludes to these psalms in reference to Jesus; David's concerns become woven into the depiction of Jesus. Reading David's challenge to God as part of Jesus' going 'as it is written of him' (i.e., suffering and dying according to Scripture; Mark 14:21) calls into question the necessity for Jesus' death within an apocalyptic framework of meaning. Finally, the suffering King David offers a more appropriate model for Jesus' suffering in Mark than that of the servant from Deutero-Isaiah.

    • Includes a comprehensive methodology for understanding the use of the Psalms in the Gospel of Mark
    • Offers a thorough interpretation of the Greek version of four psalms
    • Gives readers a deeper understanding of the rich way that Mark communicates the meaning of Jesus' suffering and death
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    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521130400
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Issues in the study of the Psalms of Individual Lament in relationship to the Gospel of Mark
    3. The evocations of the Psalms of Individual Lament in Mark's passion narrative
    4. Interpretation of the LXX Psalms of Individual Lament evoked in Mark's passion narrative
    5. Jesus and David in Mark 10-12
    6. The passion
    7. Conclusion.

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    Stephen Ahearne-Kroll, Methodist Theological School, Ohio

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