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The Temptations of Jesus in Mark's Gospel / Edition 1

The Temptations of Jesus in Mark's Gospel / Edition 1

by Susan R. GarrettSusan R. Garrett


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This engaging study examines the considerable attention Mark's Gospel gives to Jesus' confrontation with temptation, not only during his time in the wilderness but throughout the whole course of his earthly life and ministry.
Building on solid biblical exegesis and practical exposition, Garrett discusses the ancient traditions related to the theme of testing/temptation and then explores Jesus' own experiences with temptation in Mark.
In the course of her work, Garrett reads key passages of Mark in light of first-century Jewish and Christian cultural conventions about the testing or tempting of the righteous. This background material affords a fresh perspective on Mark's views concerning such fundamental issues as the person and work of Jesus, the church, the twelve disciples, and the nature of Christian discipleship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802842596
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/23/2002
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 951,446
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents



    Testing as an Interpretive Model
    On the 'Correct' Reading of Mark
    Theological and Pastoral Relevance of the Study
  1. Traditions about Testing
  2. God as the Agent of Testing

    Divine Testing as Investigation
    Divine Testing as Discipline (paideia)
    The Endurance of Testing

    Satan as the Agent of Testing

    The Combat Myths of the Ancient Near East
    The Book of Job and Ancient Views of Testing
    Eschatological Testing

    God and Satan as Partners in Testing?

  3. A Straight and Narrow Path
  4. The Way of the Lord
    The Testing by Satan in the Wilderness (Mark 1:12-13)
    Testing by Jesus' Enemies

    Mark's Apocalyptic Epistemology
    The Righteous Sufferer

    Testing by Jesus' Disciples

    The Incomprehension of the Disciples
    The Rebukes at Caesarea Philippi (Mark 8:27-33)

    'Blessed Are the Eyes'

  5. Into the Hands of Sinners
  6. Jesus in Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42)

    Eschatological Testing
    Jesus Chooses the Will of God
    Into the Hands of Sinners
    A Sacrifice for Sin?
    Jesus in the Epistle to the Hebrews—'Tested as We Are'
    Testing and Sacrificial Death in Other Ancient Jewish Texts
    'Testing' versus 'the Wrath of God'
    Jesus' Arrest and Trials before Authorities (Mark 14:43-15:15)
    The Arrest of Jesus (Mark 14:43-50)
    Jesus Is Tried by the Sanhedrin (Mark 14:53-72)

    The Perversity and Blindness of Jesus' Adversaries
    The Sanctuary Charge
    Jesus as Singleminded/Peter as Duplicitous

    Jesus Is Tried by the Romans (Mark 15:1-15)

    The Crucifixion of Jesus (Mark 15:16-39)

    The Offer of Wine, and the Mocking of Jesus (Mark 15:23, 29-32)
    The Cry of Dereliction (Mark 15:34)


  7. Disciples on Trial
  8. The Disciples in Mark's Gospel and Beyond

    The (Re)turn of the Disciples
    A Persecutor Turned Apostle

    The Readers of Mark as Disciples on Trial

    Who Were Mark's First Readers?
    '. . . To Lead Astray, if Possible, the Elect'
    'Tested As We Are'— Mark's Christology and Hope for Disciples on Trial
    A New Context for Discipleship
    The Church—A House of Prayer for All Nations

    Prayer That Moves Mountains (Mark 11:22-23)
    'I Believe—Help My Unbelief!'
    'Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me'


    (Re)Telling the Old, Old Story
    Mark's Story of Jesus and Markan Theology
    The Old, Old Story—Our Story Too?


Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Citations

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