Between Author and Audience in Mark: Narration, Characterization, Interpretation
Malbon, Elizabeth Struthers, editor
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2009 pp. 212. $85.00
New Testament Monographs, 23
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Description: To hear, read, and interpret the Gospel of Mark is to become involved in the dynamic relationship between author (real or implied) and audience (implied or real). So we have learned from the ‘literary turn’ in biblical interpretation. But there remains another dynamic relationship in which we are of necessity involved: that of the literary and the historical questions surrounding the text. Clearly, multiple approaches are called for by anyone who wishes to claim a place in the on-going audience of the Gospel of Mark.
The first three essays in this volume move in different ways between real and implied Markan realities: from implied audience to real (ancient) audience, from real (contemporary, oral) narrator to implied (ancient, oral) narrator, and from implied audience to various real (or ‘unimplied’) audiences. The next three essays treat the central Markan reality of parable as it connects author, narrator, and audience in challenging ways. The final three essays concern the relation of Mark’s characters among themselves or the relation of narrator and character, recognizing the complexity of characterization in the Gospel as a form of communication between author and audience.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature
Review by Tom Shepherd
Citation: Tom Shepherd, review of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, ed., Between Author and Audience in Mark: Narration, Characterization, Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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