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Title: Freedom as Liberating Power: A Socio-Political Reading of the "edzousia" Texts in the Gospel of Mark
Author: Dawson, Anne
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2000
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783525539446
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiii, 245
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The subject of this book is the concept of freedom from the perspective of the Christian context as it is articulated in the Gospel of Mark. In this Gospel, the social and political environment of the first-century Mediterranean world is reflected. The articulation of the concept of freedom in Mark's Gospel is discussed against the background of the Roman political ideology of this period. The Res Gestae of Augustus, which according to the sources was completed not long before Augustus died in 14 C.E., reflects the Roman ideology of freedom (libertas) that was promulgated throughout the Mediterranean world in the first century C.E.. The Gospel of Mark stands in the same socio-political environment as the Res Gestae, even though it was written some fifty years after the Res Gestae was composed. A socio-political reading of Mark's Gospel, with particular reference to the motif contained in the text, identifies a world in which the domination of Rome politically, economically, and culturally affected the eastern sector of the Roman Empire, and more specifically, as it affected the lives of the Jewish people living in the region of Palestine. It is against this background of political domination that the message of freedom in the Gospel of Mark is articulated.