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Review of Demetrios Trakatellis, Archbishop of America. Authority and Passion: Christological Aspects of the Gospel According to Mark.

Gall, William Ephrem

Our Lord’s image is revealed in the Gospel of Mark with singular clarity and power, according to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis in his 1987 book Authority and Passion: Christological Aspects of the Gospel According to Mark. This image is held forth as “the irreplaceable criterion of every Christology.”1 This strong statement is supported by a complete exposition of the Gospel of Mark which brings forth key details and much reflection in regard to the two overarching Christological aspects, authority and passion. Authority is the divine Christological aspect, expressions of Christ’s power and glory; passion is the human aspect, the various forms of suffering Christ experienced. These two aspects are woven together in Mark’s narrative to enable the hearer to take both to heart together, avoiding both triumphalism and despair.



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Power and Authority in the Eastern Christian Experience: Papers of the Sophia Institute Academic Conference, New York, December 2010

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Sophia Institute
Theotokos Press
Sophia Institute Studies in Orthodox Theology, 3
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February 8, 2013
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