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The Trial and Death of Jesus: Essays on the Passion Narrative in Mark
Van Oyen, Geert and Tom Shepherd, editors

Leuven: Peeters, 2006 pp. x + 268. Ä40.00

Series Information
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 45


Description: What is the significance of the trial and death of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark? In its annual meetings the Mark Group of the Society of Biblical Literature studied the trial of Jesus in 2003 and the death of Jesus in 2004. Both speakers and audience expressed the desire to bring some of the papers together in book form. The current volume fulfills this wish. The contributions presented here represent an up to date expression of one of the most important themes in Markan exegesis. The editors use the metaphor of a prism to illustrate the two sections of the book. Like a concave prism spreading light, the first section presents a range of understandings of the meaning of the death of Jesus. Like a convex prism focusing light, the second section uses multiple methodologies to focus attention on the trial of Jesus, particularly the charge of blasphemy. The papers together raise questions, challenge common views, and interrelate themes that push Markan scholarship forward.

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

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Review by Adam D. Winn
Published 5/10/2008
Citation: Adam D. Winn, review of Geert van Oyen and Tom Shepherd, eds., The Trial and Death of Jesus: Essays on the Passion Narrative in Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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