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A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel [Paperback]

By Sj Brendan Byrne (Author)
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With this study of the Gospel of Mark, Brendan Byrne completes his trilogy of works on the Synoptic Gospels. Mark, the "Cinderella gospel," as Byrne says, languished for millennia in the shadow of Matthew ("the first gospel") and Luke. Beginning in the nineteenth century, scholars uncovered what is now generally accepted as the more likely scenario: that Mark was the pioneer, creating a new literary genre ("gospel") in which to communicate the "Good News of Jesus Christ." This Good News according to Mark is essentially a message of freedom-a freedom, however, that does "not come about without cost: a cost to Jesus, a cost to the Father, and a cost to those called to associate themselves with his life and mission." Mark holds out to us both the price and the promise of freedom.

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With this study of the Gospel of Mark, Brendan Byrne completes his trilogy of works on the Synoptic Gospels. Mark, the Cinderella gospel, as Byrne says, languished for millennia in the shadow of Matthew ("the first gospel") and Luke. Beginning in the nineteenth century, scholars uncovered what is now generally accepted as the more likely scenario: that Mark was the pioneer, creating a new literary genre ("gospel") in which to communicate the "Good News of Jesus Christ." This Good News according to Mark is essentially a message of freedom a freedom, however, that does "not come about without cost: a cost to Jesus, a cost to the Father, and a cost to those called to associate themselves with his life and mission." Mark holds out to us both the price and the promise of freedom.

"A Costly Freedom" joins "The Hospitality of God" (on Luke) and "Lifting the Burden" (on Matthew) to make up a set of indispensable companions to the gospels for preachers, teachers, and those who simply want to read the gospels for understanding and a deepening of their spirituality and faith.

"Brendan Byrne, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. A member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1990 '96) and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2000 '), he is the author of nine books and editor in chief of the theological journal "Pacifica.

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   283
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814618561  
ISBN13  9780814618561  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brendan Byrne, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. A member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1990-96) and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2 -), he is editor in chief of the theological journal "Pacifica". Byrne is the author of numerous books, including "Romans" in the Sacra Pagina series and a three- volume commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Liturgical Press). He is currently preparing a similar commentary on the Gospel of John.

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Worthy completion of a series of studies of Synoptic Gospels  Feb 7, 2009
Brendan Byrne has a gift of rooting his studies in careful scholarship while writing in an accessible style. The reader may therrefore carry the study further by consulting the numerous references to more classic exigetical studies and critical judgements of certain approaches. He also does not hesitate to apply the message of the Gospel to the present times.
The reader may therefore read A Costly Freedom on various levels. It is therefore a solid reference book that can well be referred to again and again, depending on the circumstances and needs of the reader.
 

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