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Title: Messiah of Peace: A Performance-Criticism Commentary on Mark's Passion-Resurrection Narrative
Author: Boomershine, Thomas E
Publisher: Cascade Books; Publication Date: 2015
Paperback; ISBN: 9781625645456
Volumes: 1; Pages: 464
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The telling of Mark's story of Jesus as the Messiah of peace in the decades following the Roman-Judean war announced a third way forward for Diaspora Judeans other than warfare against or separation from the nations. Mark's Goospel was the story of the victory of a nonviolent Messiah who taught and practiced the ways of a new age of peace and reconciliation in contrast to the ancient and modern myth of redemptive violence.
The Messiah of Peace is a performance-criticism commentary exploring a new paradigm of biblical scholarship that takes seriously the original experience of the Gospel of Mark as a lively story told to audiences rather than as a text read by readers.
The commentary is correlated with the Messiah of Peace website, which features video recordings of the story in both English and Greek. Critical investigation of the sounds of the Markan passion-resurrection narrative reveals the identity of its original audiences as predominantly Judean with a minority of Gentile nonbelievers. Hearing the passion-resurrection story was an experience of involvement in the forces that led to the rejection and death of Jesus--an experience that brought on the challenges inherent in becoming a disciple of the Messiah of peace.
The day before the Passover (14:1-11)
The Passover meal (14:12-25)
The night in Gethsemane (14:26-52)
The trials at the high priest's house (14:53-72)
The handing over to the Gentiles (15:1-20)
The crucifixion of Jesus (15:21-32)
The death and burial of Jesus (15:33-47)
The resurrection (16:1-8)
The Messiah of peace
Appendix 1: The historical context of Mark and his audiences
Appendix 2: A sound map of Mark's passion-resurrection narrative
Appendix 3: The pronunciation of koine Greek in the Roman period
Appendix 4: The rhetoric of Biblical storytelling
Appendix 5: Markan terminology
Appendix 6: The audiences of Mark
Appendix 7: The pronunciation of Jesus' cry of abandonment and the bystanders' mishearing (Mark 15:34-35) / with Adam Gilbert Bartholomew
Appendix 8: The mocking of Jesud and Samson and the LXX, a text of judges / with Adam Gilbert Bartholomew.
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