A Myth of Innocence: Mark and Christian Origins

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Fortress Press, 1991 - Religion - 432 pages
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"This imaginative book is not just a study of the Gospel of Mark, but of primitive Christianity in all its variegated forms, for which it represents a new paradigm ... It deserves serious reflection and discussion at several levels, in a variety of contexts, by quite diversified discussion partners."? James M. Robinson, Professor Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University"This is an epic-making work because it turns scholarship on its head. Mack asks questions not about origins but about social meaning. The entire conception of what we want to know, why we want to know it, and how we shall find it out is new and compelling."? Jacob Neusner, Bard College"A Myth of Innocence is the most penetrating historical work on the origins of Christianity written by an American scholar in this century. Its strikingly innovative feature is the recombination of literary and social histories, and the placement of diverse Jesus movements into their respective social contexts."? Werner H. Kelber, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
 

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Contents

THE TEMPLE AND THE LAND OF PALESTINE
27
JESUS IN GALILEE
53
THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
78
THE CONGREGATIONS OF THE CHRIST
98
THE PATTERNS OF SOCIAL CONFLICT
124
STORIES IN THE GOSPEL TRADITION
133
THE PARABLES OF JESUS
135
THE PRONOUNCEMENT STORIES
172
THE GOSPEL AS PARABLE
332
THE GOSPEL AS PARADIGM
340
IMAGINATION AND THE MYTH OF INNOCENCE
351
APPENDICES
377
THE PRONOUNCEMENT STORIES IN MARK
379
LINNEMANN THE TRADITIONS OF THE PASSION
385
DORMEYER THE ACTS OF THE MARTYR
389
THE GOSPEL OF MARK AN OVERVIEW
390

THE MIRACLE STORIES
208
NARRATIVES OF THE PASSION
247
THE ENTANGLEMENTS OF HISTORY AND MYTH
249
THE NARRATIVE DESIGNS
269
THE COMPOSITIONAL PROCESS
288
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK
313
THE GOSPEL AS MYTH
315
THE GOSPEL AS APOCALYPSE
325

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