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Mark's Gospel: Lectures and Lessons
Kenney, Garrett†C.

Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2007 pp. xiv + 117. $22.95


Description: Mark's gospel provides an interesting blend of theology, history, and literature. In this text, Professor Garrett C. Kenney explores Mark's gospel in eight lectures that test the student's comprehension of a lecture and facilitate an increase in skills for biblical research and interpretation. Lectures 1, 2, and 3provide a foundational lecture on the theology, history, and literature of Mark's gospel. Lectures 4 and 5 address the basics of the structure, plot development, characterization, and rhetoric in Mark. Lecture 6 addresses the concerns of studying Mark first, independent of the other gospels, as an advantage. An overview is then provided within Lecture 6 of twenty Christian gospels, canonical and non-canonical, and their plausible connections to Mark. Lecture 7 features comparisons of Mark with non-canonical and non-gospel forms of literature. Finally, Lecture 8 briefly surveys the themes of salvation, covenant, worship, the kingdom of God, the Church, and Christology, followed by a detailed look at Mark's concept of the Spirit. These eight lectures then give way to eight carefully crafted lessons, designed to increase the student's skill in biblical research and interpretation.

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

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Review by Tom Shepherd
Published 9/8/2007
Citation: Tom Shepherd, review of Garrett c. Kenney, Mark's Gospel: Lectures and Lessons, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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