The Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark

Charles Bobertz, Ph.D.

In the world of biblical scholarship Mark has most often been read from the point of view of the Church of Scotland: simple and rational, a text of existential faith in which the climax is the isolated verbal confession of the individual Peter that Jesus is the Messiah (Mark 8:29). But years ago I began to ask whether Mark could not also be read from inside the Brompton Oratory, a story of symbolism and complexity, not so much about individual existential faith but communal sacrament and mystery; a story not about Jesus so much as the Body of Christ. And from that point on my reading of Mark began to change.

Charles Bobertz, Ph. D.
Charles Bobertz, Ph. D.

Charles Bobertz, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament and Patristics at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary and the undergraduate Department of Theology of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He received his B.A. from Saint John's University in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1988. He co-edited, with David Brakke, Readings in Christian Communities: Essays on Interpretation in the Early Church, published in 2002. His newest book, A Liturgical Reading of the Gospel of Mark, will be out this summer from Baker Academic Press.




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