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Let the Reader Understand: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon
Broadhead, Edwin K., editor

London: Bloomsbury, 2018 pp. xxxv + 342. $114.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 583


Description: This book honors the extraordinary contribution of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon to biblical studies. In the opening chapter, Werner Kelber places Malbon's work within the larger context of critical reflection, from antiquity to the modern era, on the role and function of discourse. Kelber locates Malbon's approach squarely within the framework of modernity and concludes that her ďsupremely creative achievement has been the employment of modern, narrative critical tools with a view toward uncovering the fecundity of the gospel of Mark.Ē Drawing from and conversing with Professor Malbon's extensive publications, each of the five sections engages a theme from her works, focusing particularly on the Gospel of Mark. This tribute includes meaning as narrative, issues in methodology, studies in characterization, narrative readings of specific texts, and aesthetic and political readings. Contributors: David. L. Barr, Brian Britt, Edwin K. Broadhead, David J. A. Clines, R. Alan Culpepper, Joanna Dewey, John R. Donahue, Ira Brent Driggers, J. Cheryl Exum, Robert M. Fowler, Heidi J. Hornik, Kelly R. Iverson, Werner H. Kelber, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Mikeal Parsons, David Rhoads, Calvin Roetzel, Phil Ruge-Jones, Elizabeth Shivley, Christopher W. Skinner, Jerry L. Sumney, Robert C. Tannehill, Geert van Oyen, Richard Walsh, and Joel F. Williams.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Robert L. Foster
Published 10/17/2019
Citation: Robert L. Foster, review of Edwin K. Broadhead, ed., Let the Reader Understand: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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