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What was Mark At?: The Gospel of Mark : A Commentary

What was Mark At?: The Gospel of Mark : A Commentary

Wilfrid Harrington OP

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Like all the gospels, the Gospel of Mark was addressed to a specific community with the needs of the community firmly in mind. Mark\'s main concern is an abiding Christian concern: the centrality of the cross. Jesus of Nazareth is indeed Messiah - but a crucified Messiah. Mark\'s theology is a theology of the cross and Mark\'s Jesus is the most human in the gospels.

The story of Jesus as told by Mark is a story of human failure: the failure of Israel, the failure of the disciples, the seeming failure of Jesus himself. For Jesus died abandoned by all - even, it seemed, by God. In the end all humans fail. God alone succeeds. The Father had not abandoned the Son, but had raised Jesus from the dead. The failed disciples will encounter the risen Lord in Galilee.

There will be a new beginning, not because they have succeeded but solely because of the initiative of God. His disciples did not understand Jesus before Calvary. The Christian reader of the first century and of today is being challenged to come to terms with the love of God shown forth in the cross of Christ. Wilfrid John Harrington is an Irish Dominican.

His theological studies were done in Rome and his biblical studies at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. He is Professor emeritus of the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. He lectures in Scripture at the Priory Institute and at the Church of Ireland Theological College, both in Dublin, and at summer school in the USA.

What Was Mark At? is his forty-ninth book.

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Author Wilfrid Harrington OP
Publisher Columba Press
Publication date 1 Jan 2009
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781856076340

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