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Narrative Atonement Theology in the Gospel of Mark

Author Julie M. Smith,

At the level of discourse, the Gospel of Mark is almost silent on the meaning of Jesus's death: save a line here or there, reasons for the death—and the impact of that death on humanity—are barely mentioned in the text, and these scant wisps of discourse-level atonement theology are inadequate to the importance of the topic. But when the reader looks at Mark as a narrative account, several insights into the meaning of the Atonement become apparent. Julie Smith looks at three specific elements in the narrative to illustrate these insights: the torn temple veil, the exclamation of the centurion, and the presence of women at the crucifixion.

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