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Proving Jesus' Authority in Mark and John

Overlooked Evidence of a Synoptic Relationship

Author(s): Gary Greenberg

Book Description

This innovative study of the Fourth Gospel introduces important new perspectives on synoptic problems and challenges many theories about the nature of the Gospel of John’s sources and composition practices. Its analysis shows that the author of John knew a written version of Mark’s gospel, had strong theological objections to how Mark depicted the nature and story of Jesus and the gospel message, and composed his gospel as a theologically corrected rewriting of Mark’s, using the latter’s gospel as a narrative guideline for his own composition.

By focusing on several seemingly different stories in Mark and John that deal with issues relating to how Jesus proved his authority, the book places each of the incidents in their narrative, sequential, and theological context, demonstrating that John knew Mark’s specific stories in the same sequential order that appeared in Mark, and that John’s stories represented theologically altered rewrites of the ones in Mark. The study examines the nature of John’s objections to Mark, what changes John would want to make to Mark, and the formulaic editorial techniques John used to transform Mark’s gospel into John’s gospel. Of particular interest, it shows how John transformed Mark’s stories about proof through exorcisms into Johannine stories about proof through words.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0790-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0790-4
Date of Publication: 01/05/2018
Pages / Size: 244 / A5
Price: £61.99


Gary Greenberg is the author of several highly-praised books on biblical matters that have been translated into more than a dozen foreign editions. He served for over fifteen years as President of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York, and served as a consultant to National Geographic Television’s Science of the Bible series. His books include The Judas Brief: Who Really Killed Jesus?, about which Catholic Biblical Quarterly said that Greenberg has “a keen eye for the ways religious and political motives have shaped the story of Jesus’ arrest and execution.”