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Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism
Blackwell, Ben C., John K. Goodrich and Jason Maston, editors

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018 pp. 286. $24.99

Description: Over the last several decades, the Jewishness of Jesus has been at the forefront of scholarship and students of the New Testament are more than ever aware of the importance of understanding Jesus and the Gospels in their Jewish context. Reading Mark in Context helps students see the contour and texture of Jesus' engagement with his Jewish environment. It brings together a series of accessible essays that compare and contrast viewpoints, theologies, and hermeneutical practices of Mark and his various Jewish contemporaries. Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, this textbook examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the context of Mark's theology and the nuances of his thinking. Following the narrative progression of Mark's Gospel, each chapter in this textbook (1) pairs a major unit of the Gospel with one or more sections of a thematically-related Jewish text, (2) introduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparative text, and (3) shows how the ideas in the comparative text illuminate those expressed in Mark. Contributors include Jeffrey W. Aernie, Holly Beers, Kristian A. Bendoraitis, Michael F. Bird, Ben C. Blackwell, Darrell L. Bock, Helen K. Bond, Craig A. Evans, David E. Garland, Timothy Gombis, John K. Goodrich, Sigurd Grindheim, Nijay K. Gupta, Jeanette Hagen Pifer, Suzanne Watts Henderson, David Instone-Brewer, Kelly R. Iverson, Morten HÝrning Jensen, Mary Marshall, Jason Maston, Mark D. Matthews, Amy Peeler, Jonathan T. Pennington, Nicholas Perrin, Elizabeth E. Shively, Klyne Snodgrass, Mark L. Strauss, David L. Turner, Rikk Watts, and Sarah Whittle.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament Use of Old Testament

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Review by Simon J. Joseph
Published 5/14/2020
Citation: Simon J. Joseph, review of Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds., Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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