The Beginning of the Gospel   -     By: Eugene LaVerdiere
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The Beginning of the Gospel

Liturgical Press / 1999 / Paperback

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Mark wrote "the beginning of the Gospel" for Christian who thought it was the end. For that he told them a story of another time when Jesus' disciples thought it was the end but turned out to be the beginning. That is why the passion-ressurection of Jesus dominated the Gospel according to Mark. Using rhetorical and literary analysis, Father LaVerdiere introduces Mark's story as the beginning of the Gospel as we enter a new millennium.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X 1.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0814625746
ISBN-13: 9780814625743
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Mark was a proclaimer calling people to repentance. At a time nearly everyone felt was the end of the world, he boldly told the story of the beginning. When so many were overwhelmed by what seemed to be bad news, Mark proclaimed the story of the good news in his Gospel. Using rhetorical and literary analysis, Father LaVerdiere introduces Mark's story in The Beginning of the Gospel: Introducing the Gospel According to Mark. To aid those who prepare homilies, he shares Mark's sense of Christ's mission, the Christian calling, the universal Church, and the Church's mission in a language that everyone can understand.

Who was Mark? Where and when did he write, and for whom? What were his sources? What was his guiding intention? Instead of dealing with these introductory questions separately, Father LaVerdiere answers them while commenting on the Gospel. He explains that for Mark the gospel was not a mere record of past events, but a new act of proclamation. In content, Mark's Gospel was a story of the gospel of Jesus and his disciples. In form, however, Mark's Gospel was an act of proclamation. It made Jesus, the one who was crucified but had been raised from the dead, present to Mark's readers and listeners. Through Mark's Gospel, the Gospel proclaimed by Jesus and the Church became the Gospel that was Jesus.

In Volume 2 Father LaVerdiere continues his discussion of Mark's Gospel by focusing on part two: Jesus and the Coming of the Kingdom of God." Within these chapters he deals with the answers to questions that were raised in part one about the identity and mission of Jesus. Father LaVerdiere examines Mark's emphases on the implications of the Gospel, the passion and resurrection of Jesus, and the coming of the Kingdom of God. Father LaVerdiere also discusses the major symbols of the second part of Mark's Gospel: the way (he hodos) and the cup (ho poterion).

Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS, PhD, is adjunct professor of New Testament studies at the Catholic Theological Union and the senior editor of Emmanuel magazine. He is the author or editor of numerous books including The Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church, A Church for all Peoples, and Luke (New Testament Message series) published by The Liturgical Press.

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Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS, is a distinguished lecturer at Fordham University in New York and an adjunct professor at the Catholic Theological Union. Among his many published works on Scripture are Luke from the New Testament Message series, The Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church, and The Beginning of the Gospel: Introducing the Gospel According to Mark Volumes 1 and 2 published by The Liturgical Press. He is also senior editor of Emmanuel magazine.

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Readers familiar with Father LaVerdiere's artful teaching from the many workshops and written articles he has contributed over the years will find here that same rich pastoral approach in his commentary on Mark.

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