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Reading the Gospel of Mark as a Novel
Oyen, Geert van
Keylock, Leslie Robert, translator

Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014 pp. x + 143. $15.20


Description: The world is flooded with novels about secret messages or hidden texts. They all pretend to reveal the ultimate truth of Jesus. In this book, Geert Van Oyen goes back to the oldest gospel and explores its story as a challenging and revolutionary message for any reader. By employing a narrative critical approach Van Oyen demonstrates how the narrator accompanies readers in their quest for the identity of the protagonist Jesus. Along the way readers will discover that faith in Jesus is not a matter of theoretical truth but of practical experience. Who can remain indifferent when they hear the paradox at the heart of the gospel: "Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all"?

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Other Methods

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Review by Gregg S. Morrison
Published 2/23/2017
Citation: Gregg S. Morrison, review of Geert van Oyen, Reading the Gospel of Mark as a Novel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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