Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of Mark (Hardcover)

Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of Mark (Hardcover)


Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of Mark (Hardcover)

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Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of Mark (Hardcover)

This commentary examines the Gospel of Mark through the literary concepts of intratextuality and intertextuality.

"Intratextuality" involves reading Mark as Mark, by Mark. It looks to the final form of the Gospel rather than its sources or literary history: its favored words, images, literary devices, forms structures, characterization, and plot. Particular attention to Mark's distinctive vocabulary and themes reveals the Gospel as a unified literary production.

"Intertextuality" invites examination of the relationship between texts and a textual tradition. Here the commentary broadens the view to include materials not usually classified in "texts" (e.g., archaeological data) and shows the links of the text of the Gospel of Mark to these other materials as well as to literature, including the Old Testament, and to the life of the Markan community and the Christian community today.

The expression "Sacra Pagina" ("Sacred Page") originally referred to the text of Scripture. In the Middle Ages it also described the study of Scripture to which the interpreter brought the tools of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, and philosophy.

This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, it is intended for biblical professionals, graduate students, theologians, clergy, and religious educators. The volumes present basic introductory information and close exposition, adopting specific methodological perspectives while maintaining a focus on the issues raised by the New Testament compositions themselves.

The goal of Sacra Pagina is to provide sound, critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning. This series is therefore catholic in two senses of the word: inclusive in its methods and perspectives, and shaped by the context of the Catholic tradition.

The Second Vatican Council described the study of "the sacred page" as the "very soul of sacred theology" (Dei Verbum 24). This series illustrates how Catholic scholars contribute to the council's call to provide access to Sacred Scripture for all the Christian faithful.

Also available in softcover.

Cover: Hardcover
Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 510

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