I wonder if any of you kind folk could help me with a reading list for the question "How should the apocalyptic language in the Olivet Discourse be understood?"
posted by Chris Tilling @ 10:50 PM
Joel Marcus' article, "The Sitz im Leben of Mark," provides helpful information on the historical background behind Mk 13 (useful provided you haven't taken Bauckham's thesis to a crazy extreme).
Chris,Bird in Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (ed. Craig Evans).
I'm sure I don't need to tell you about Tom Wright (!), but there are a pair of useful pieces on the referent of Mark 13:24-27: David Wenham's article in the Festscrift for Donald Guthrie, Christ the Lord and R T France's discussion in his Jesus and the Old Testament (appendix A) or either of his Matthew commentaries on the relevant passage. Wenham thinks there is an 'end of the world' reference, France thinks it's about the fall of Jerusalem.
James Crossley, The Date of Mark, especially Chapter 2 "Mark 13".But I know you already have it on your list... :-)
Chris in `The Dictionary Of Jesus and the Gospels` ed. Joel Green etc the article on Apocalyptic Teaching by T.J. Gettert might be useful sorry if you have pointed your student have seen this already. I would recommend to your students the The Essential Reference Collection CD-Rom it might seem expensive but it has the IVP Dictionaries and more
Thanks to you all for these sugegstions, all are immensley helpful
Definately related articles in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.
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