NEUSNER, Jacob, The Mother of the Messiah in Judaism: The Book of Ruth. The Bible of Judaism Library. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International. Pp. 138. $ 9.95. ISBN 1-56338-061-7

NEUSNER, Jacob, The Mother of the Messiah in Judaism: The Book of Ruth. The Bible of Judaism... 245 has been revealed?" Was Mark aware of the nuances of the Old Testament scriptures that a modern scholar, poring over the various versions, is able to detect? And are such echoes intentional or accidental? If the former, might we not expect Mark to make the links clearer? Did he really expect his readers to recognize them? Marcus assumes that Mark's community were what he describes as ` `biblically literate" (p. 87). But they would need to be very familiar indeed with the Old Testament scriptures to detect many of these allusions! Again, if Mark did indeed have the wider context of a passage in view, how wide might that context be? Here, once again, we meet the old problem regarding the so-called "Servant" of Deutero- Isaiah : Marcus regards the "Servant Songs" as important for Mark, but we remain unconvinced that Mark would have recognized this modern categorization. The author's exploration of Jewish exegesis (e.g. in looking at 9 : 1 1 - 1 3) and the attempt to see Mark's own interpretation in relation to the back- ground Marcus proposes are often illuminating. The suggestion that Mark is deliberately contrasting his Gospel with the message of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biblical Interpretation Brill

NEUSNER, Jacob, The Mother of the Messiah in Judaism: The Book of Ruth. The Bible of Judaism Library. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International. Pp. 138. $ 9.95. ISBN 1-56338-061-7

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© 1996 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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245 has been revealed?" Was Mark aware of the nuances of the Old Testament scriptures that a modern scholar, poring over the various versions, is able to detect? And are such echoes intentional or accidental? If the former, might we not expect Mark to make the links clearer? Did he really expect his readers to recognize them? Marcus assumes that Mark's community were what he describes as ` `biblically literate" (p. 87). But they would need to be very familiar indeed with the Old Testament scriptures to detect many of these allusions! Again, if Mark did indeed have the wider context of a passage in view, how wide might that context be? Here, once again, we meet the old problem regarding the so-called "Servant" of Deutero- Isaiah : Marcus regards the "Servant Songs" as important for Mark, but we remain unconvinced that Mark would have recognized this modern categorization. The author's exploration of Jewish exegesis (e.g. in looking at 9 : 1 1 - 1 3) and the attempt to see Mark's own interpretation in relation to the back- ground Marcus proposes are often illuminating. The suggestion that Mark is deliberately contrasting his Gospel with the message of

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