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The Purpose of the Gospel of Mark in Its Historical and Social Context
Roskam, Hendrika N.

Leiden: Brill, 2004 pp. xvi + 288. $129.00

Series Information
Supplements to Novum Testamentum, 114



Description: This study investigates the issues of the origin and purpose of the Gospel of Mark. The author argues that Markís Gospel was written in Galilee some time after the Jewish Revolt in 70 AD for a Christian audience that was living under the threat of persecution. The first part of the book examines the situation of Markís intended readers, and the nature of and reasons for their persecution. The second part establishes in what way the Gospel addresses the situation of Markís original readers.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature

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Review by Zeba Crook
Published 8/12/2006
Citation: Zeba Crook, review of Hendrika N. Roskam, The Purpose of the Gospel of Mark in Its Historical and Social Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2006).


Review by W. R. Telford
Published 11/1/2011
Citation: W. R. Telford, review of Hendrika N. Roskam, The Purpose of the Gospel of Mark in Its Historical and Social Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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