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Title: Atonement Theology in the Gospel of Mark as Isaianic Proximity to the Divine
Author(s): HØRNING JENSEN, Morten
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 100    Issue: 1   Date: 2019   
Pages: 84-104
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.100.1.3286051

Abstract :
The question of the First Gospel’s theological interpretation of the death of Jesus has remained unresolved for decades, while focussing primarily on the question of Mark’s relationship to the Isaianic Servant Songs. Recent postcolonial and/or anti-imperial readings of Mark have bypassed this impasse by offering new interpretations of the notions of 'gospel' and 'cross' that eliminate the need of atonement theology to make sense of Mark’s presentation of Jesus’ death. By contrast, this study argues that Mark’s atonement theology is embedded in his guiding Isaianic trajectory climaxing with the effect of Jesus’ death on the temple, producing unrestricted proximity to the Divine.

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