The Gospel according to Mark as Episodic Narrative


In this collection of thematically arranged essays on the Gospel according to Mark, the first part highlights its reception in early Christianity, its text form as an episodic narrative and its relation to contemporary genres. It recognizes Mark’s dependence on traditions from and about Jesus of Nazareth and the presupposed knowledge about the narrated locations in Galilee. The second part focuses on the discourse itself, presenting studies on style, use of metaphor, intertextuality, and strategies of persuasion. The third part treats the Christology, ethics and eschatology and the way in which the narrator gives meaning to Jesus’s death. The fourth part returns to the burning issue of what lies behind Mark and how we can study it, ending with a proposal to discuss the composition of the narrative within the framework of performance theory.

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Cilliers Breytenbach (Dr. theol., Munich 1983; Dr. theol. habil., Munich 1986) is professor emeritus at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and professor extraordinary at Stellenbosch University. He authored i.a. Nachfolge und Zukunftserwartung nach Markus (Zurich, 1984); Grace, Reconciliation, Concord (Leiden, 2010); and (with Christiane Zimmermann) Early Christianity in Lycaonia and Adjacent Areas (Leiden, 2018).
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Part 1 The Gospel according to Mark

1 The Gospel according to Mark

2 The Gospel of Mark as “Episodic Narrative”

3 The Gospel according to Mark: The Yardstick for Comparing the Gospels with Ancient Texts

4 Das Markusevangelium als traditionsgebundene Erzählung? Anfragen an die Markusforschung der achtziger Jahre

5 Mark and Galilee: Text World and Historical World

6 Galilee and Jerusalem: Rural Villages versus the Cultic City according to Mark’s Gospel

7 From Mark’s Son of God to Jesus of Nazareth—un cul-de-sac?

Part 2 Discourse Studies on the Text of the Earliest Gospel

8 Alternation between Aorist, Historical Present and Imperfect: Aspects of Markan Narrative Style

9 Metaphor in Argument: The Beelzebul Controversy in the Gospel according to Mark

10 Incomprehension en route to Jerusalem (Mark 8:22–10:52)

11 Das Markusevangelium, Psalm 110,1 und 118,22 f.: Folgetext und Prätext

12 Das Wissen und Nicht-Wissen um die Zeit als Verhaltensregel: Eine textpragmatische Analyse der Endzeitrede in Markus 13

Part 3 On Markan Theology

13 Grundzüge markinischer Gottessohn-Christologie

14 Identity and Rules of Conduct in Mark: Following the Suffering, Expecting the Coming Son of Man

15 Narrating the Death of Jesus in Mark: The Utterances of the Main Character, Jesus

16 „Wie geschrieben ist“ und das Leiden des Christus: Die theologische Leistung des Markus

Part 4 Before Mark?

17 Das Problem des Übergangs von mündlicher zu schriftlicher Überlieferung

18 Μνημονεύειν – Das „Sich-Erinnern“ in der urchristlichen Überlieferung: Die Betanienepisode (Mk 14,3–9/Joh 12,1–8) als Beispiel

19 Vormarkinische Logientradition: Parallelen in der urchristlichen Briefliteratur

20 Die Vorschriften des Mose im Markusevangelium: Erwägungen zur Komposition von Mk 7,9–13; 10,2–9 und 12,18–27

21 The Minor Prophets in Mark’s Gospel

22 Das Evangelium nach Markus: Verschlüsselte Performanz?

Students and researchers of the New Testament, especially of Mark and the other Synoptic Gospels