I am excited to announce that this week I will be beginning a three part series in which I review Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (3rd ed.) by Rhoads, Dewey and Michie. The name says a lot, but here is an excerpt from the back cover:
For thirty years, Mark as Story has introduced readers to the rhetorical and narrative skill that makes the Gospel according to Mark so arresting and compelling a story. David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie have helped to pioneer our appreciation of the Gospels, and Mark in particular, as narratives originally created in an oral culture for oral performance.
The first installment will be a detailed summary of the main chapters of the book. If there is enough interest I will go back and address the preface, epilogue, and afterword as well. The second installment will be an evaluation of the text, wherein I will make some general points but focus on one concept in particular. The final installment will be an application of the text–that is, I will apply principles from the book to the interpretation of a passage out of the Gospel according to Mark.