Mark and Empire

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"The journey to Galilee, where Mark's Jesus said he would meet us, lies open on roads across the globe."

Laurel Cobb's career of social work and advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged in emerging countries around the globe inform this powerful book on the Gospel of Mark.  Cobb combines academic insights into scripture with personal experiences of social inequities and a strongly articulated argument for resistance against Empire (then and now) as a crucial component of any life of Christian discipleship.

Using her personal experiences of faith, economic struggle in the face of a globalized consumer culture dictated from the United States, and gender inequality, Cobb asks the reader to view one's own responsibilities to a world in need of resistance against imperial power in all its forms through the lens of Mark's Gospel; such reisitance is needed today as much as when Jesus stood against Empire twenty centuries ago.

"This is not your ordinary biblical commentary on the Gospel of Mark.  It is not written by a New Testament scholar but by a woman who has labored for over 30 years as a social worker, management consultant and public health worker in over 35 countries.  Cobb views Mark through visual images and many years of experience in the Third World.  Mark's gospel is a story of justice and love in a  world dominated by the Roman Empire.  The question for people then and now is how to be a faithful disciple of Christ in a world of power politics, greed, violence, and oppression.  The book provides vivid visual and verbal examples of the challenges to contemporary discipleship and how to live and witness to Christian life today." --Catholic Press Association

Laurel Cobb worked for three decades as a social worker, participating in international public health and social welfare programs in over thirty-five countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with teams of host-country nationals in the management and evaluation of material and child health and HIV/AIDS programs.  She has a masters in theological research from Andover Newton Theological School, a masters in pubic administration from Harvard University, and a masters in social work from Simmons College.

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Mark and Empire
Feminist Reflections
Laurel Cobb
Foreword by Ched Myers
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Blends biblical commentary with personal experiences of social inequities around the globe and a strongly articulated argument for resistance against "empire" (then and now) as a crucial component of Christian discipleship.
I highly recommend the book as a thought-provoking study guide for church groups seeking to engage Mark for contemporary discipleship. It would make a useful companion volume for groups interested in reading the works of biblical scholars who share the social location of the vulnerable women whose stories Cobb tells.
...thoughtful and thought-provoking, perfect for those interested in exploring the implications of Christian faith in our modern world. Individuals and small groups will find this work challenging and transformative.

Recommend for parish libraries and pastoral theology collections.
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