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Title: The God who sends : a narrative critical study of the theme of mission in Mark
Author: Reeser, Chad
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 5529
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2020
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Within narrative critical analyses of Mark's introduction (Mark 1:1–15), there is a tendency to elevate one action of God and see it as foundational to the Markan plot. Prominent interpretations of God's main role include his commissioning of Jesus as an obedient son, his coming as a warrior to deliver, or his declaration of Jesus' messianic identity. In distinction from these interpretations, this thesis argues that the Markan God is a complex character and that one seemingly overlooked aspect of his multiform characterization is that he sends eschatological proclaimers of the good news. The first two chapters both survey and interact with interpretations of God's depiction in Mark 1:1–15. Special attention is given to Mark's depiction of God through both the inner text of Mark and the intertexts of the Old Testament. Chapter Three argues that Mark 1:1 is a title that highlights good news proclamation, and also explores the relationship between a story rooted in the proclamation of good news (1:1) and God as the story's first actor (1:2a). Chapter Four presents a narrative analysis of Mark 1:2–15 and demonstrates the close relationship between God's sending and the theme of good news proclamation. Chapter Five argues that Mark uses the Old Testament texts of Isaiah 40:1–11 and 61:1 in Mark 1:2–15 in order to reinforce the pattern of God sending eschatological proclaimers. Chapter Six looks at how in the rest of the story, God's characterization as sender functions as a continual backdrop to Jesus' characterization. Finally, Chapter Seven studies how the theme of God commissioning agents of proclamation guides the reader's evaluation of the disciples, a few gentile characters, and the women at the tomb.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: God