The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity

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A&C Black, Jun 15, 2004 - Religion - 245 pages
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This book argues that Mark's gospel was not written as late as c. 65-75 CE, but dates from sometime between the late 30s and early 40s CE. It challenges the use of the external evidence (such as Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria) often used for dating Mark, relying instead on internal evidence from the gospel itself. James Crossley also questions the view that Mark 13 reflects the Jewish war, arguing that there are other plausible historical settings.

Crossley argues that Mark's gospel takes for granted that Jesus fully observed biblical law and that Mark could only make such an assumption at a time when Christianity was largely law observant: and this could not have been later than the mid-40s, from which point on certain Jewish and gentile Christians were no longer observing some biblical laws (e.g. food, Sabbath).
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 2
18
Chapter 3
44
Markan Redaction the Jewish War and Nationalist Movements
76
Markan Redaction and Persecution
79
A Newish Approach to the Date of Mark
80
Conclusions
81
Chapter 4
82
Conclusions
157
Chapter 6
159
Dating Mark through Mk 2 2328 and Parallels
160
Dating Mark through Mk 10 212 and Parallels
175
Conclusions
182
Chapter 7
183
Mark 7 4 and Other Traditions
185
Qorban
188

Jesus and the Torah according to Matthew
98
Jesus and the Torah according to Luke
111
Conclusions
123
Chapter 5
125
Stephen and the Hellenists
126
Zeal for the Law
131
Pauls Early Attitude towards the Law
134
Peters Vision Acts 1011 18
138
The Antioch Controversy Gal 2 1114
141
The Jerusalem Conference
154
Christianity and Law in the Forties
155
Mark 7 123 andTradition
191
The Transmission of Impurity
193
TebulYom
198
Gospel Editing
200
Conclusions
204
CONCLUSIONS
206
Bibliography
210
Index of References
225
Index of Authors
242
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James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at University of Sheffield, UK. He is the author of Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century (London: Equinox, forthcoming 2008/9); Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50CE (Louisville: WJK, 2006); The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity (London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2004) and co-author, with M. F. Bird, of Two Views of Christian Origins: A Secular-Evangelical Debate London: SPCK, forthcoming 2008). He is co-edited (with Christian Karner) Writing History, Constructing Religion (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).

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