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Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus

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"Bound to become a classic in the field of gospel studies... Ched Myers has produced a commentary that is potentially as revolutionary as the very gospel account it portrays." — Sojorners

"Myers has produced a commanding and coherent political commentary on the Gospel of Mark, distinguished in its grasp of biblical and social scientific scholarship and amazing lucid in its
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Published December 1st 1988 by Orbis Books
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Jeremy Garber
Ched Myers’ masterful overview of the social situation of the Gospel of Mark rings as true thirty years later as the day it was published. Myers carefully, sweepingly, and stirringly reads Mark as a call for the fledgling community to resist both withdrawal and violence as tools for resisting the domination of Empire, and to follow Jesus’ way of active nonviolence instead. Jesuit activist Daniel Berrigan summarizes well in the foreword: “Myers of course brings his own bias to the text; he is qui ...more
Corey Hampton
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Currently reading 'Who Will Roll Away the Stone?', and will write a research paper on both (for my M.A.) and I'll share it here.
As I already mentioned when I reviewed Ched Myers popular level remix on this commentary entitled ""Say to this Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship"" this is a watershed commentary and quite literally a radical re-visioning of this incredibly well loved story. Walter Wink said that this is "quite simply, the most important commentary on a book of scripture since Barth's Romans."

As Myers makes clear from the beginning, this is a political reading of Mark where he attempts to discern the ideol
Jason Valendy
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the books that made me want to work in a church. I reference this book all the time.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a phenomenal and important piece of commentary. One of the most important books I have ever read.
Mary Helene
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH WOW> Amazing. This book has been on our shelf forever. It's big. It's daunting. But I started and here's what's amazing: it's readable. Very.
And it's important. I can see how this book has influenced our thought for the last 25 years. He summarizes theological development succinctly and makes such a powerful argument for HOW to read the Gospel of Mark. I think I shall never be the same.

Later> p.146 “Quite the contrary: I mean action whose fundamental significance, indeed power, lies r
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely one of the more difficult reads that I have ever done. It is extremely dense in thought. It is very difficult for me to do a reading of the NT Gospels and to not see plainly the strong political themes. You see Jesus overthrowing the religious order of his day. He overthrows the social castes of the time. He appears to women first after his resurrection and a former prostitute at that. He speaks to gentiles. He speaks and heals lepers and the untouchables of His time. Th ...more
Therese  A.  Brink
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Political hermeneutics is used to look at this gospel. By using a political lenses to examine this gospel the reader can see better why this gospel is good for the marginalized now. This book is for someone who is used to studying the bible from a critical perspective. A classic book on Mark for the non-violent Christian activist to read and savor.
Mike Garner
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the better commentaries on the gospel of Mark.
Evan Knies
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My pastor referred this book to me. This is a go-to book for Mark.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just started. Read "Say to This Mountain," and attended a week-long Mark study with Ched at the Bartimaeus Institute.

Good book.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ched Myers' effective commentary on the Gospel of Mark through a political reading of the narrative.
Dan Brunner
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply one of the most influential books I have read. It's been a major part of reorienting my image of Jesus. I've read it three times with small groups.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Myers does an excellent job of showing the "nonalignment" of Jesus with the powers of his day.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
I'd give it a better score, but the analysis could get long and dry. Great material though.
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