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Palgrave Macmillan

Re-reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma

ISBN 9781137365002
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Reading the Gospel of Mark not as the story of the great works of a powerful, divine man and his triumph over death, but as a response to the social pains and traumas of its historical moment, Kotrosits and Taussig propose the Gospel of Mark as one model for coping with some losses in the present. Placing passages from the gospel alongside films like Fight Club and Man on Wire, the art of Louise Bourgeois, a graphic novel, and other contemporary media, the authors offer an original reading for both scholarly and non-scholarly readers that shines a light on the darker, if also more vibrant, sides of the gospel.

Maia Kotrosits is Visiting Lecturer, Department of Religion and Department of Women and Gender Studies, Amherst College, USA.

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament Studies at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, USA. 

1. Mark's Trauma-Filled Ending
2. Mark as Carefully Constructed Story
3. Pain and the Social Body
4. National Brokenness and Belonging
5. Brightness and Despair in the Midst of Devastation
6. When the Inner Circle Collapses
7. Disillusionment and the Allure of Destruction
8. Visions of the End
9. Loss, Suspense and Wonder
10. Mark and the Provisional Self


'This singular, frequently searing book creatively connects the trauma and turbulence of Mark's narrative and social worlds with the trauma and turbulence of our contemporary worlds. Refusing to read Mark as a provider of easy solutions, Taussig and Kotrosits instead frame Mark's engagement with loss as immensely, if disturbingly, profound. What also makes this book unique is that it is a cutting edge work of cultural theory. I can imagine doctoral seminars benefiting from it as much as Bible study groups, and I can think of no other work of biblical scholarship of which that is equally true.' - Stephen D. Moore, The Theological School, Drew University, USA
"Re-reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma takes a fresh and innovative approach to the Gospel of Mark. The authors draw on their expertise in the methods of biblical scholarship, yet are well attuned to the reality of loss and fear faced by many Americans today. They address the latter head-on with pastoral care and sensitivity while remaining grounded in a historically informed reading of the Gospel text. By inviting the reader to become a participant in the interpretive process the authors creatively engage American culture as it attempts to find its place – its soul – in the global village." – Richard S. Ascough, Director and Professor, School of Religion, Queen's University, Canada
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