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Document Details :
Title: Reading Mark as Mark
Subtitle: Two New Narrative Commentaries
Author(s): FRIEDRICHSEN, Timothy A.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 79 Issue: 1 Date: April 2003
This past year saw the publication of two important narrative commentaries on the Gospel of Mark. The first appeared in the Sacra Pagina series, written by John R. Donahue and the series’ general editor and author of its commentary on Matthew (1991), Daniel J. Harrington1. The second commentary, by Francis J. Moloney, is not part of a series, but grew out of Moloney’s work on and preparation for a forthcoming, more popular commentary also to be published by Hendrickson. Donahue–Harrington set out “reading” or “interpreting Mark as Mark and by Mark” (pp. 1, 3, respectively). Similarly, Moloney sets out his “understanding of the Gospel of Mark as a unified, theologically driven narrative” (XVII) “to an early Christian community perplexed by failure and suffering” (XVIII). Besides this interest in “intratexuality”, both commentaries are also concerned with “intertextuality”, i.e., “the links of the text of Mark’s Gospel to other texts (especially the Old Testament) and to the life of the Markan community and of the Christian community today”.