This book presents a multi-level approach to "Mark 15:34" arguing that a contextual reading of "Ps 22:2" does not negate or dilute the presentation of Jesus as one in distress.Using a multi-level approach to "Mark 15:34", and contra to the opinion of the majority of Markan scholarship, a contextual reading of "Ps 22:2" does not serve to negate or dilute the presentation of Jesus as one in distress. Rather, such a reading enhances this aspect of his death by underscoring his identity as a Righteous Sufferer who experiences suffering but has the promise of vindication.The evidence that supports a contextual reading of the citation in the Markan narrative includes: the importance of Jesus' impending resurrection/vindication and its foreshadowing; the relatively consistent contextual use of the scriptures in the narrative prior to "Mark 15:34"; the patterns of the textual and liturgical use of the psalms and the presence of the motif of the Righteous Sufferer in Mark's socio-cultural milieu; the presentation of Jesus as the Righteous Sufferer throughout the narrative; and, an exegesis of "Mark 15:34" and the surrounding Markan passion-resurrection narrative with regard to the function of "Ps 22" in the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.A test case of this argument is undertaken at the close of the book, when both Matthew and Luke's treatment of "Ps 22" and other Righteous Sufferer language is considered, regarding their readings of "Ps 22" in Mark as the earliest tangible evidence of the interpretation of this passage in his gospel.Formerly the "Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement", a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. "The Early Christianity in Context" series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. European Seminar on Christian Origins and "Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement" are also part of JSNTS.
Jesus' Cry from the Cross by Holly J. Carey was published by Continuum in May 2009. The ISBN for Jesus' Cry from the Cross is 9780567018588.