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Title: The theology of Mark : a literary-theological investigation into the presentation of God in the second gospel
Author: Smith, C. D.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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In light of this, the present thesis seeks to contribute to the filling of the void by addressing the role that God plays in the narrative of the second Gospel. The thesis utilises the methods of modern literary criticism, particularly those used to discuss the presentation of characters in narrative. While the application of literary criticism, and the study of characterisation, are not new in the study of Mark’s story, these methods have not been fully applied in the study of God in the Gospel. By using literary criticism, this thesis extracts and descries the presentation of God in the narrative. While there are specific references to God in the Gospel, and while God also speaks in the narrative, this study broadens the scope of the investigation through a close reading of the text to determine not only explicit but also implicit references to God. Following the introductory chapter, chapters two and three offer a close reading of the Markan narrative with the specific purpose of showing where and how God is presented in and through the Gospel. The aim of these two chapters is to demonstrate how the narrator or characters within the story present God. These chapters will serve as the foundation for ensuring discussions of Markan Christology and discipleship. In chapter four, my attention focuses on the presentation of Jesus; Mark’s Christology. My concern in this chapter is with the way Jesus is presented through the narrator’s telling who Jesus is through Christological titles, and the way Jesus is presented through the narrator’s showing who Jesus is via the narration of Jesus’ actions and words. The aim of this chapter is to argue that the Markan Jesus is better understood in relation to the Markan presentation of God, and thus the Christology of Mark is better understood as an aspect of the theology of Mark. In chapter five I address the Gospel’s definition of discipleship. The concern of this chapter is not primarily with the presentation of the twelve, but with the presentation of discipleship as an aspect of the presentation of God. I argue that the discipleship community of Mark’s narrative, i.e. the authorial audience, is drawn by the narrative to understand their lives of discipleship in relation not only to Jesus, but also, and primarily, in relation to the God of Jesus and Mark’s narrative.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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