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Mark and Paul: Comparative Essays Part II For and Against Pauline Influence on Mark
Becker, Eve-Marie, Troels Engberg-Pedersen and Mogens Muller, editors

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014 pp. viii + 330. $140.00

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Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 199


Description: This volume brings together an international group of scholars on Mark and Paul, respectively, who reopen the question whether Paul was a direct influence on Mark. On the basis of the latest methods in New Testament scholarship, the battle over Yes and No to this question of literary and theological influence is waged within these pages. In the end, no agreement is reached, but the basic issues stand out with much greater clarity than before. How may one relate two rather different literary genres, the apostolic letter and the narrative gospel? How may the theologies of two such different types of writing be compared? Are there sufficient indications that Paul lies directly behind Mark for us to conclude that through Paul himself and Mark the New Testament as a whole reflects specifically Pauline ideas? What would the literary and theological consequences of either assuming or denying a direct influence be for our reconstruction of 1st century Christianity? And what would the consequences be for either understanding Mark or Paul as literary authors and theologians? How far should we give Paul an exalted a position in the literary creativity of the first Christians? Addressing these questions are scholars who have already written seminally on the issue or have marked positions on it, like Joel Marcus, Margaret Mitchell, Gerd Theissen and Oda Wischmeyer, together with a group of up-coming and senior Danish scholars from Aarhus and Copenhagen Universities who have collaborated on the issue for some years. The present volume leads the discussion further that has been taken up in: “Paul and Mark” (ed. by O. Wischmeyer, D. Sim, and I. Elmer), BZNW 191, 2013.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Thomas P. Nelligan
Published 7/30/2015
Citation: Thomas P. Nelligan, review of Eve-Marie Becker, Troels Engberg-Pedersen, and Mogens Muller, eds., Mark and Paul: Comparative Essays Part II For and Against Pauline Influence on Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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