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Good News at Gerasa: Transformative Discourse and Theological Anthropology in Mark's Gospel

Rochester, Stuart T.

Published by Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN 10: 3034302940 / ISBN 13: 9783034302944
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Title: Good News at Gerasa: Transformative ...

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften

Binding: Soft cover

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Good News at Gerasa Num Pages: 349 pages. BIC Classification: HRA; HRCF2. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 153 x 226 x 22. Weight in Grams: 494. . 2011. 1st New edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783034302944

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Synopsis: This book investigates Mark?s Gospel as an example of a ?transformative discourse? that uses many interwoven rhetorical elements to move its audience toward change. A detailed exegesis of the Gerasene demoniac story (Mark 5:1-20) in its literary setting highlights its significant contribution to this transformative discourse. What happens to the demoniac - release from bondage to evil, and entrance into a new perceptual world - typifies the dynamics of the Gospel?s theological anthropology and can be regarded as somewhat paradigmatic of human transformation in the context of Christian discipleship.
The heart of the book is its overview of Mark?s vision of humanity. The language and narrative rhetoric of Mark?s Gospel express ideas about human nature and human destiny that are strongly predicated on the new eschatological perspective of Jesus. Despite the fundamental distortion of humankind, the possibility of radical transformation is clear. The book highlights the transformative potential of the Gospel, demonstrating the rhetorical means by which Mark promotes the transformation of his audience and showing how this rhetoric is linked to a dynamic eschatological anthropology.

About the Author: Stuart T. Rochester worked in Australia as a biochemist and primary school teacher before commencing theological studies at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. He completed his PhD in theology at Durham University, UK, in 2009. In the UK he has been a tutor in New Testament with the Open Theological College and with Greenwich School of Theology, and currently teaches New Testament at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa.

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