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Jesus' Urgent Message for Today : The Kingdom of God in Mark's Gospel - Maloney Elliot

Jesus' Urgent Message for Today

The Kingdom of God in Mark's Gospel

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Published: 26th January 2004
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The Kingdom of God is like an intergalactic starship in constant orbit around the earth. No one can see it, but its tremendous power is available at all times to anyone who is dedicated to its transcendent message. With this splendid metaphor, Maloney launches into an engaging study of the Gospel of Mark. He argues forcefully that the key theme of the book is eschatology and his argument goes against the grain of the majority of Markan scholars who contend that the themes of the Gospel are discipleship and the Messianic secret. Maloney asserts that Markan scholars have so often missed this point because of their location in the First World. They lack the cultural orientation to understand the force of Mark's message about the coming Kingdom of God. Thus, traditional interpretations of Mark have emphasized a privatization of morality among Christians and a lack of concern for the well-being of the worldwide human community. The remedy for such a reading of Mark is to read it through the eyes of the people whose experience is most like that of Mark's original audience. Maloney uses the exegetical insights of Latin American biblical interpreters and the results of social science research into the first-century Mediterranean world to provide a fresh and provocative reading of Mark's gospel.

The publication of this book is especially welcome, since it tries to do what so many avoid-to make contemporary sense of Marcan eschatology. Maloney makes an important contribution to Marcan studies by introducing an exegetical tradition of which most of us are not aware. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 66, 2004

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Background and Basic Theology of the Gospel of Mark
The Society and Culture of First-century Palestinep. 13
The Christology of the Gospel of Markp. 25
The Kingdom of Godp. 45
The Eschatology of Mark's Gospel
Cultural Considerations in Ancient Thinkingp. 77
Eschatology in the Gospel of Markp. 93
The Marcan Eschatological Discourse (Chapter 13)p. 105
Conclusions on the Kingdom to Come in Markp. 133
Select Bibliographyp. 139
Index of Biblical Textsp. 141
Index of Modern Authorsp. 149
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ISBN: 9780826416049
ISBN-10: 0826416047
Series: New Testament Guides
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 26th January 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1