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The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering
Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 pp. xiv + 239. $100.00

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 142


Description: Stephen Ahearne-Kroll examines the literary interaction between the Gospel of Mark's passion narrative and four Psalms of Individual Lament evoked in it. These four psalms depict a David who challenges God's role in his suffering, who searches for understanding of his suffering in light of his past relationship with God, and who attempts to shame God into acting on his behalf only because he is suffering. Because Mark alludes to these psalms in reference to Jesus, David's concerns become woven into the depiction of Jesus in Mark. Reading David's challenge to God as part of Jesus' going Ďas it is written of himí (i.e., suffering and dying according to Scripture; Mark 14:21) calls into question the necessity for Jesus' death within an apocalyptic framework of meaning. Finally, the suffering King David offers a more appropriate model for Jesus' suffering in Mark than that of the servant from Deutero-Isaiah.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Psalms

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Review by Adam Winn
Published 3/21/2009
Citation: Adam Winn, review of Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll, The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Steve Moyise
Published 3/21/2009
Citation: Steve Moyise, review of Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll, The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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