By Thomas C. Oden
A Christianity at the present time 1999 ebook of the 12 months! The early church valued the Gospel of Mark for its renovation of the apostolic voice and gospel narrative of Peter. but the early church fathers very hardly produced sustained remark on Mark. This brisk-paced and strong little Gospel, loads loved by means of glossy readers, was once overshadowed within the minds of the fathers through the magisterial Gospels of Matthew and John. yet now with the help of machine searches, an abundance of remark has been chanced on to be embedded and interleaved amidst the textual documents of patristic homilies, apologies, letters, commentaries, theological treatises and hymnic verses. during this historical Christian statement on Mark, the insights of Augustine of Hippo and Clement of Alexandria, Ephrem the Syrian and Cyril of Jerusalem take part a polyphony of interpretive voices of the japanese and Western church from the second one century to the 7th. St. Mark's Gospel monitors the evocative energy of its tale, parables and fervour because it ignites an excellent show of theological perception and pastoral knowledge. the traditional Christian observation on Mark (now in its moment version) opens up a long-forgotten passage during the arid and precipitous slopes of post-Enlightenment severe interpretation and bears us alongside to a fertile valley basking within the sunshine of theological and religious interpretation. In those pages we input the interpretive international that lengthy nurtured the nice premodern pastors, theologians and saints of the church.
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