Biblical Limits is a new series which brings to the traditional field of Biblical Studies literary criticism, anthropology and gender-based approaches, thus reaching new ways of understanding Biblical texts.
Jesus Framed is a collection of essays on reading the gospel of Mark. It uses literary theory, most notably the writings of Roland Barthes, to examine some of the difficulties in the text of Mark. A series of close readings of the gospel of Mark is compared to similar texts, both biblical and otherwise. Drawing on Mark's famous phrase that "to those who are outside all comes through parables" (Mark 4:11-12), Jesus Framed explores the boundaries between insiders and outsiders, those who can and those who cannot find a meaning in the text.
'Close literary examination of facets of Mark's Gospel including the beginning, the ending, the parabolic mystery, the Passion climax, the transliteration of Aramaic words, a and the first Passion prediction are fascinating forays into perspectives that both surprise and illuminate.' - Expository Times
'In this entertaining and illuminating collection of essays, George Aichele offers the reader a series of postmodernist readings of the Gospel of Mark inspired by the work of the French linguist and philosopher of language, Roland Barthes … for those of us who need reminding that literary criticisms of various pedigrees can be enriching and thought provoking, it is a joy.' - Bridget Upton, Theology
'This is an auspicious first volume in a significant series.' - Journal of Theological Studies