9780300172614-0300172613-The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

ISBN-13: 9780300172614
ISBN-10: 0300172613
Edition: First Edition
Author: Dennis R. MacDonald
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Paperback 274 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780300172614
ISBN-10: 0300172613
Edition: First Edition
Author: Dennis R. MacDonald
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Paperback 274 pages

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Acknowledged author Dennis R. MacDonald wrote The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark comprising 274 pages back in 2000. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0300172613 and 9780300172614. Since then The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In this groundbreaking book, Dennis R. MacDonald offers an entirely new view of the New Testament gospel of Mark. The author of the earliest gospel was not writing history, nor was he merely recording tradition, MacDonald argues. Close reading and careful analysis show that Mark borrowed extensively from the Odyssey and the Iliad andthat he wanted his readers to recognize the Homeric antecedents in Mark’s story of Jesus. Mark was composing a prose anti-epic, MacDonald says, presenting Jesus as a suffering hero modeled after but far superior to traditional Greek heroes.

Much like Odysseus, Mark’s Jesus sails the seas with uncomprehending companions, encounters preternatural opponents, and suffers many things before confronting rivals who have made his house a den of thieves. In his death and burial, Jesus emulates Hector, although unlike Hector Jesus leaves his tomb empty. Mark’s minor characters, too, recall Homeric predecessors: Bartimaeus emulates Tiresias; Joseph of Arimathea, Priam; and the women at the tomb, Helen, Hecuba, and Andromache. And, entire episodes in Mark mirror Homeric episodes, including stilling the sea, walking on water, feeding the multitudes, the Triumphal Entry, and Gethsemane. The book concludes with a discussion of the profound significance of this new reading of Mark for understanding the gospels and early Christianity.

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