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By Nicole Wilkinson Duran

Mark's Gospel has been noticeable as background, or as literature. The tensions among those methods aspect to what neither process can articulate: the wealthy and ambiguous connections and disjuncture's among human adventure itself and human retelling, remembering, and reliving of that have. This lively pulling and resistance among our ordered different types and the chaos of life fuels Mark's gospel and arguably Christianity itself.

With assistance from ritual concept this booklet seeks to discover that power in Mark's ardour narrative. specifically, Duran makes use of Catherine Bell's inspiration of 'ritualization', the method of normal activities taking over ritual that means and shape, to check the ways that the gospel attracts from the chaos of Jesus' demise and the inaccurate, upside-down order it indicates, a daunting form of which means and wish. Mark units out to appreciate his global during the tale he tells, to stake out a few quarter of experience amid what he perspectives as a chaotic universe. His attempt to discover or produce feel pushes opposed to the very medium of language, going so far as language can into the boundary lands of formality functionality. In his attempt to determine and to provide the it seems that mindless move of this hindrance as significant, Mark is drawn into ritual, the place unexplained and inexplicable activities do have which means. Defining ritual as an attempt to make order of expertise with no wasting the turbulent fact of expertise itself, Duran issues out ways that Mark's tale engages in such an attempt of ritualization.

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