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The Resurrection of the Messiah: A Narrative Commentary on the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels
Moloney, Francis J.

Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist, 2013 pp. xvi + 203. $21.95



Description: Francis Moloney's new book takes its inspiration from the critically acclaimed publications of the renowned biblical scholar Raymond E. BrownóThe Birth of the Messiah and The Death of the Messiah. In The Resurrection of the Messiah, Moloney provides a narrative reading of the resurrection stories in Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. His focus is almost entirely upon the text itself. Guided by current scholarship, he uncovers the perennial significance of the four resurrection narratives, accepted and read as "Sacred Scripture" in the Christian tradition. Without disregarding the historical background that must be understood for an appreciation of the story, a narrative commentary attempts to trace the intended impact of that story upon its readers. This reading and interpretative process uncovers the literary structure of a passage, and then follows the unfolding of the narrative itself, allowing it to speak for itself. The thrust of the book is to uncover the unique theological and pastoral message communicated by means of the narratives.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, Theological Approaches

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Review by Richard I. Pervo
Published 4/10/2015
Citation: Richard I. Pervo, review of Francis J. Moloney, The Resurrection of the Messiah: A Narrative Commentary on the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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