This book takes an innovative approach to the Gospel of Mark. It is a study guide for preachers on the Sunday Gospel and First Testament readings, as well as a postmodern approach to the biblical text of Mark, which invites readers to play an active role in the interpretation of a biblical text. Each chapter will include a short analysis of the reading from the First Testament, followed by a more complex analysis of the assigned Markan passages. The author uses narrative analysis as a methodology in the interpretation of the Markan passage. He follows this with questions, interpretive points, and pastoral and homiletical notes.
Preachers and readers will dialogue with these texts and relate them to contemporary issues that are relevant to our congregations and to society at large. This study guide will help readers develop an approach to biblical texts that will lead to a more extensive and deeper ethical awareness of the responsibility involved in interpreting, teaching, and preaching these texts.
Gerald Caron joined the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1965. After completing advanced studies in theology and scripture in Rome and in Jerusalem, he spent eleven years in Uganda, teaching Scripture to future priests. Upon his return to Canada in 1982, he obtained a DTh from Saint Paul University and PhD from Ottawa University. From 1988 to 2005 he was professor of scripture Studies at Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Though retired, he remains active, still doing some teaching, giving biblical sessions, and writing.