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A New Perspective on the Use of Paul in the Gospel of Mark

By Cameron Evan Ferguson Copyright 2021
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This volume presents a detailed case for the plausible literary dependence of the Gospel of Mark on select letters of the apostle Paul.

    The book argues that Mark and Paul share a gospel narrative that tells the story of the life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ "in accordance with the scriptures," and it suggests that Mark presumed Paul and his mission to be constitutive episodes of that story. It contends that Mark self-consciously sought to anticipate the person, teachings, and mission of Paul by constructing narrative precursors concordant with the eventual teachings of the itinerant apostle–a process Ferguson labels Mark’s ‘etiological hermeneutic.’ The book focuses in particular on the various (re)presentations of Christ’s death that Paul believed occurred within his communities—Christ's death performed in ritual, prefigured in scripture, and embodied within Paul’s person—and it argues that these are all seeded within and anticipated by Mark’s narrative.   

    Through careful argument and detailed analysis, A New Perspective on the Use of Paul in the Gospel of Mark makes a substantial contribution to the ongoing debate about the dependence of Mark on Paul. It is key reading for any scholar engaged in that debate, and the insights it provides will be of interest to anyone studying the Synoptic Gospels or the epistles of Paul more generally.

    1. The Relationship of Mark to Paul

    2. Baptism into Death

    3. The Body and the Blood

    4. Death "in accordance with the scriptures"

    5. Conclusion


    Cameron Evan Ferguson is Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He completed his graduate work at the University of Chicago Divinity School, from which he graduated in August 2019.

    "Tightly reasoned and well-written, this short study introduces and models a new interpretive approach and lays out fruitful ground for future work." -  Allison L. Gray, St. Mary's University, USA