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Jesus in solidarity with his people : a theologian looks at Mark
Reiser, William E.
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Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, [2000]

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xvii, 233 pages ; 23 cm
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Many men and women have already made the prayerful discovery that the experience of solidarity with one another and the search for God are mysteriously linked. Reiser states that the word solidarity" provides a contemporary key to understanding Mark's message about Jesus' life and mission.

The Bible repeatedly demonstrates that the story of God entails the story of God's people, especially the poor and defenseless ones among them; and the history of God's people becomes the story of Israel's God. One cannot adequately understand the interior life of Jesus without taking into account the life of the people of God in its social, cultural, political, and religious dimensions. Jesus lived and died in solidarity with his people: He died for them because he had lived for them.

In Jesus in Solidarity with His People Reiser examines important questions that Mark raises, questions that bear heavily on adult Christian spirituality. He demonstrates that what is of importance in reading and understanding Mark's Gospel is not our mindfulness of how much God loves the people but our knowledge of how deeply we love the people of God. It is our love for the world that is required to bring this gospel, this good news of Christ risen, this Easter story, to life.

Chapters are "The Theological Matters," "A Believer from the Beginning," "Of Calling and Following," "The Authority to Forgive," "What God Ordains," "A Kingdom of Throwaways," "Paying the Emperor's Tax," "A World of Parables," "Does Mark Encourage a Cult of Suffering?" "In the Company of Prophets," "Can God Be Trusted?" "What Sort of God Would Raise the Dead?" and "The Futility of Secrets."

William Reiser, SJ, PhD, is professor of theology at Holy Cross College.


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William Reiser, S.J., Ph.D. is a member of the department of religious studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Theological Mattersp. 1
An Easter Story Without Resurrection Appearancesp. 2
A Gospel Without Birth Storiesp. 6
The Gospel as Disclosive of the Evangelist's Inner Lifep. 8
The Gospel Is About the Present, Not the Pastp. 12
A Fragmentary Narrativep. 14
Jesus' Spirituality Was Not Newp. 17
Why Put So Much Stress upon Faith?p. 22
Conflict as Sufferingp. 25
Where Is Love in Mark's Gospel?p. 26
1. A Believer from the Beginningp. 31
What's in a Title?p. 31
A Biblical Phrasep. 33
Son of God on Roman Lipsp. 37
An Easter Lionp. 39
Put to the Testp. 42
The Demonsp. 43
In What Way Was Jesus Sinless?p. 45
Sinlessness Does Not Contradict Humannessp. 48
The Eschatological Aspect of Sinlessnessp. 50
Sinlessness as Dedication to the Will of Godp. 53
Jesus as Person of Faithp. 55
2. Of Calling and Followingp. 57
Disciples First, Apostles Laterp. 58
The Story of Levi: The Miracle of the Needle's Eyep. 62
Who Is It That Calls?p. 65
Fishing for Human Livesp. 70
3. The Authority to Forgivep. 73
Locating Forgiveness in Markp. 73
The Restoration of a Parent's Confidence in Godp. 77
Forgiveness as Liberation from Burdensp. 79
A Theological Note on Mark 11:25p. 85
4. What God Ordainsp. 89
Wrestling with Sufferingp. 91
Turning to Markp. 97
5. A Kingdom of Throwawaysp. 107
Who Are the Rejected Ones?p. 108
The Story Is Not (Directly) About Usp. 112
Going Beyond Jesusp. 115
Jesus--The Quintessential Throwawayp. 118
6. Paying the Emperor's Taxp. 121
Setting the Scenep. 122
The Narrative Tensionsp. 124
Some Conclusionsp. 128
The Theological Mattersp. 131
7. A World of Parablesp. 135
The Parable of the Lampp. 139
The Parable of the Fig Treep. 141
8. Does Mark Encourage a Cult of Suffering?p. 149
Not All Suffering Is Alikep. 149
Life as Ransomp. 156
9. In the Company of Prophetsp. 159
"And he was transfigured"p. 160
Living in the Presence of Prophetsp. 167
Prophets and Their Peoplep. 171
10. Can God Be Trusted?p. 173
Of Prayers and Miraclesp. 175
The Case Test: The Death of Jesusp. 179
Trusting Jesus Is Trusting Godp. 184
11. What Sort of God Would Raise the Dead?p. 187
Theology Comes Firstp. 187
Standing (Again) Among the Livingp. 193
A Scandalous Particularityp. 198
12. The Futility of Secretsp. 201
Why Not Tell Everything Plainly?p. 201
The Kingdom of God After Easterp. 207
Suppose There Was Only Markp. 209
A Non-Markan Endingp. 213
Bibliographyp. 217
Scriptural Indexp. 224
Index of Namesp. 229
Index of Subjectsp. 231