Most Gospel scholarship has created an
audience for the story that is
uninterested in the question of
God. To be sure, even when
soteriology of Christology is
pursued, the reality of God is often
excluded from the imagination
of the interpreters.
One of the great surprises of
engagement with Mark's Gospel,
according to Donald Juel, may be
the discovery that God will not be
excluded--that the tearing of
the heavens and the temple curtain may
result in an irreparable breach in the reader's defenses against the
the narrative mediates.
Not another methods book, Juel probes
selected texts from Mark in
order to discern the world in front of
the text. His goal is to close the
distance between the
present reader and the first readers without
study--literature has degrees of functionality.
accomplish this, Juel has broadened the insights of rhetorical
analysis to include the whole interpretive enterprise.