Scholars have long sought the theological perspective that gives coherence to Mark’s gospel. In Isaiah’s New Exodus and Mark, Rikki Watts argues that Mark’s primary concern is to present Jesus as the one who unexpectedly fulfills the hope of Isaiah's long-delayed “new exodus.”
The relationship of the New Testament writings to the Jewish scriptures is a perennial problem for students of early Christianity. Rikki Watts’ comprehensive study of the possible links between the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Isaiah represents a significant addition to the ongoing debate.
—Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford
This is a very important, groundbreaking study on the Old Testament background to Mark’s presentation of Jesus. From here on, no one should try to read Mark’s narrative with understanding without taking into consideration how much the theme of the New Exodus in Isaiah influenced his understanding of Jesus and of Jesus’ announcement of the coming of God's rule.
—Gordon D. Fee, Professor of New Testament Studies, Regent College
An impressive example of biblical theology and of solid scholarship. Watts shows convincingly how Mark interprets Jewish tradition in light of the fulfillment of Isaianic prophecy.
—Martin Hengel, University of Tübingen
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