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The Ransom Logion in Mark and Matthew: Its Reception and Its Significance for the Study of the Gospels
Edwards, J. Christopher

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012 pp. x + 191. Ä54.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, 327

Description: The ransom logion, as presented in Mark 10:45/Matthew 20:28, is the only place in the synoptic gospels outside the Last Supper where Jesus gives a beneficial interpretation of his upcoming death. This fact has generated much discussion about the authenticity and scriptural background of the ransom logion in Mark and Matthew. However, no one has examined the early reception of the ransom logion, nor has anyone explored the significance of that reception for the critical study of Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28. In this study J. Christopher Edwards fills these lacunae by examining the reception of the ransom logion from the New Testament through the third century and by exploring the potential significance of that reception for the critical study of Mark and Matthew. The rationale for this exploration relies on the fact that there are observable patterns displayed in the reception of the ransom logion, which may reflect how it functions in Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Austin Busch
Published 10/2/2014
Citation: Austin Busch, review of J. Christopher Edwards, The Ransom Logion in Mark and Matthew: Its Reception and Its Significance for the Study of the Gospels, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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