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A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel
Byrne, Brendan

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2008 pp. xx + 283. $26.95


Description: With this study of the Gospel of Mark, Brendan Byrne completes his trilogy of works on the Synoptic Gospels. Mark, the "Cinderella gospel," as Byrne says, languished for millennia in the shadow of Matthew ("the first gospel") and Luke. Beginning in the nineteenth century, scholars uncovered what is now generally accepted as the more likely scenario: that Mark was the pioneer, creating a new literary genre ("gospel") in which to communicate the "Good News of Jesus Christ." This Good News according to Mark is essentially a message of freedomóa freedom, however, that does "not come about without cost: a cost to Jesus, a cost to the Father, and a cost to those called to associate themselves with his life and mission." Mark holds out to us both the price and the promise of freedom.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Sean Kealy
Published 3/20/2010
Citation: Sean Kealy, review of Brendan Byrne, A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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