The Temple in the Gospel of Mark: A Study in Its Narrative Role  -     By: Timothy C. Gray
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This work, The Temple in the Gospel of Mark analyzes one of the most striking elements of Mark's story: the vital role the temple plays from Jesus's entry into Jerusalem to the moment of his death. Timothy Gray's narrative approach detects implications that redaction criticism missed. Using echoes of Old Testament prophets to present Jesus's "way" as the eschatological return of the Lord to his temple, Mark sees Jesus's cleansing of the temple as a pointer to its imminent destruction.

It has failed in its appointed mission to serve as the focus for the restoration of Israel and the ingathering of the Gentiles, and that function will now be assumed by its replacement: the community gathered around Jesus.

Originally published by Mohr Siebeck, The Temple in the Gospel of Mark is now available as an affordable North American paperback edition. It offers New Testament scholars and graduate students fresh basic scholarship on a major motif in the life and teaching of Jesus.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801038928
ISBN-13: 9780801038921
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Publisher's Description

This work analyzes one of the most striking elements of Mark's story: the vital role the temple plays from Jesus's entry into Jerusalem to the moment of his death. Gray's narrative approach detects implications that redaction criticism missed. Using echoes of Old Testament prophets to present Jesus's "way" as the eschatological return of the Lord to his temple, Mark sees Jesus's cleansing of the temple as a pointer to its imminent destruction. It has failed in its appointed mission to serve as the focus for the restoration of Israel and the ingathering of the Gentiles, and that function will now be assumed by its replacement: the community gathered around Jesus. Originally published by Mohr Siebeck, this book is now available as an affordable North American paperback edition.

Author Bio

Timothy C. Gray (PhD, Catholic University of America) is president and professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute and professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. A nationally known speaker, he has filmed numerous series for EWTN and is the author of several books.

Endorsements

"In this elegantly written work, Tim Gray reexamines the theme of the temple in the Gospel of Mark from a narrative-critical vantage point. His well-researched work is presently the most creative and important contribution to this central Markan motif."
-Frank J. Matera
Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America


"Timothy Gray provides interpreters of the Gospel of Mark with a new and important investigation of the place of the Jewish temple in the narrative of the Gospel. Gray offers detailed analysis of the Old Testament background, showing the ways that the language of the Prophets clarifies Jesus' mission and his warnings of God's fast-approaching judgment upon a temple establishment that has not fulfilled its mandate. Gray's book is a must-read for students of Mark and of the place of the Jerusalem temple in early Christian thought."
-Craig A. Evans
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College


"Timothy Gray is among the few scholars with the requisite mettle to analyze the role of the temple in Mark, a matter of complex importance that is often dodged. Gray's mastery of relevant scholarship, careful procedure, and exquisite balance of historical, literary, and theological considerations produce a standard investigation of its subject for the foreseeable future."
-C. Clifton Black
Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary


"The Temple in the Gospel of Mark unites penetrating narrative analysis with close attention to intertextual links, revealing a far deeper coherence and subtlety in Mark's account of the passion than is usually perceived. Gray's work has significant implications for eschatology, ecclesiology, and christology. This study exemplifies the kind of theologically sensitive biblical scholarship that will allow study of the sacred page to once again take its place as the 'soul of theology.'"
-Mary Healy
Associate professor of sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Academic Reviews: Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"The Temple performs a very important function in the Gospel of Mark. Gray illuminates this function in five chapters devoted to Mk 11-15. . . . His deliberate combination of intertextual and intratextual methods produces an illuminating and very persuasive reading."

-Kent E. Brower, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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