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Bibil Identifier bibil:226301
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Narrative Space, Angelic Revelation, and the End of Mark's Gospel
Author Williams, Guy J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 263-284 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article draws on spatial theory to analyse the final chapter of Mark’s Gospel, describing a setting full of religious and cultural significance. The analysis reveals a narrative of building tension, leading to a decisive angelophany. Three main arguments are advanced. Firstly, Mark takes a characteristic and subversive approach to space by deliberately bringing events into the challenging (typically, unclean) setting of a tomb. Secondly, Mark explores the borderland between life and death through themes of space and time. Thirdly, the understanding of the tomb space ultimately is transformed, making it the site of a well-constructed angelic revelation, and casting the women visitors as prophetic recipients of the Gospel commission. In light of these points, Mk 16.1-8 may be considered a carefully built and decisive ending to the Gospel, based upon the author’s thoughtful manipulation of narrative space.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12472118
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Mark
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Empty Tomb
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Angel
Pericopes Mark 1,1-1,8
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