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Title: Gathered around Jesus: An Alternative Spatial Practice in the Gospel of Mark
Author: Stewart, Eric C
Publisher: Cascade Books; Publication Date: 2009
Paperback; ISBN: 9781606080849
Volumes: 1; Pages: 252
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Modern theorists are virtually united in understanding that space encodes social practices and power relations. Those who control space exert their control by means of particular spatial practices. Models of critical spatiality, such as that of territoriality, show how social relationships are predominant in the classification, communication, and control of space. Space is seen as a relational category rather than an absolute category.
In this innovative study, Stewart addresses Mark's editorial and/or compositional control over the geographic presentation of Jesus's ministry. He makes the case that Mark presents the world spatially in a manner widely consistent with geographic traditions found in Greek and Roman texts. In Mark, Stewart argues, Jesus offers an alternative spatial practice, one that is centered on himself. The kingdom of God exists spatially in the area around Jesus in which the new community "gathers."
Table of Contents
1. Mark and Space in Recent Discussion 1
2. Critical Spatial Theory 30
3. Space in Ancient Texts 62
4. Categories for Understanding Ancient Space 128
5. The Spatial Presentation of Mark's Gospel 179
6. Conclusion 220