JOHN CHIJIOKE IWE, Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum: the Pericope and Its Programmatic Character for the Gospel of Mark. An Exegetico-Theological Study of Mk 1:21-28
This book is an edited work of the doctoral thesis, which considers Jesusí first appearance and activity in Galilee in relation to Markís Gospel. It is its central affirmation that Mk 1:21-28 has a programmatic character for the Gospel of Mark, because the themes/motives present in it are found throughout the ministry of Jesus, and are both repetitive and verifiable in the Gospel. In fact, this pericope is dense and contains many of the fundamental or very important themes of Jesusí ministry in Markís Gospel. Its placement at the beginning of the account of Jesusí ministry introduces the reader to what is going to happen in the story of Jesusí public activity, and affects the readerís understanding of the entire Gospel narrative.
Many scholars have in one way or the other affirmed the programmatic function of Mk 1:21-28, but have not proved it. This thesis for the first time has proved in a detailed and systematic way that this pericope has a programmatic character for Markís Gospel.
JOHN CHIJIOKE IWE, ordained priest for Okigwe Diocese (Nigeria) in 1982, studied Philosophy and Theology in Bigard Memorial Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene and Enugu respectively. He also furthered his studies in Scripture at Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome and did his doctorate at Pontifical Gregorian University. The author, among other pastoral activities, has also taught in Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Nigeria, and Regina Mundi Pontifical Institute, Rome.
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