The Purpose of Mark's Gospel: An Early Christian Response to Roman Imperial Propaganda
In this book, Adam Winn addresses the long debated question of the purpose of Mark's gospel. After placing the composition of Mark in Rome at a time shortly after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, he seeks to reconstruct the historical situation facing both the Markan evangelist and his community. This reconstruction focuses on the rise of the new Roman Emperor Vespasian and the aftermath of the Jewish Revolt in Rome. A significant feature of this reconstruction is the propaganda used to gain and secure Vespasian's power-propaganda that included oracles and portents, divine healings, and grand triumphs. Of particular interest is the propagandistic claim that Vespasian was the true fulfillment of Jewish messianic prophecies. Winn argues that such a claim would have created a christological crisis for the fledgling church in Rome-a crisis that called for a compelling Christian response. Winn seeks to demonstrate that Mark's gospel could be read as just such a response. He demonstrates how the major features of Mark's gospel-his incipit, Christology, teaching on discipleship, and eschatology-can be read as a counter resume to the impressive resume of Vespasian. In the end, this project concludes that Mark was composed for the purpose of countering Roman imperial propaganda that had created a crisis for its author and community.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
ancient argued attempt authority beginning believed certainly chapter Christ Christian Christology church claims commands concerning conclusion consider cross death demonstrated disciples discipleship discussion divine early emperor eschatological establish evangelist Evans evidence examine example facing fact failed faith false Galilee give given God's Gundry hand healing historical Horsley identified identity imperial incipit indicates interpreters Irenaeus Jerusalem Jesus Jewish Jewish Revolt Jews kingdom light Mark Mark's community Mark's gospel Mark's readers Markan messianic Messianic Secret miracles motif narrative noted offer origin parallels perhaps pericope persecution Peter position possible prediction presentation Press prophecy prophets provenance question readers realities reference regarding response Roman Rome ruler sayings secrecy secret seems setting significant signs similar situation specific Studies suffering suggests teaching temple temple's destruction Testament theory tion tradition true understanding verse Vespasian writing written