This work, The Temple in the Gospel of Mark analyzes one of the most striking elements of Mark's story: the vital role the temple plays from Jesus's entry into Jerusalem to the moment of his death. Timothy Gray's narrative approach detects implications that redaction criticism missed. Using echoes of Old Testament prophets to present Jesus's "way" as the eschatological return of the Lord to his temple, Mark sees Jesus's cleansing of the temple as a pointer to its imminent destruction.
It has failed in its appointed mission to serve as the focus for the restoration of Israel and the ingathering of the Gentiles, and that function will now be assumed by its replacement: the community gathered around Jesus.
Originally published by Mohr Siebeck, The Temple in the Gospel of Mark is now available as an affordable North American paperback edition. It offers New Testament scholars and graduate students fresh basic scholarship on a major motif in the life and teaching of Jesus.