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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on Mark's Controversy Stories. There are three cogent reasons to choose Mark 2.1-3.6 for analysis. First, the five stories of conflict in this section have long been known since the rise of form criticism as one of the most apparent examples of a collection being made through lengthy oral development within the early Christian communities due to the ecclesiastical need for debate with Jews or Jewish Christians. Second, 2.1-3.6 is a good place to examine how an oral-aural narrative discourse holds together in a coherent way. Third and most importantly, the book aims to show frames' role in organizing oral-aural narrative units such as an episodic structure and a larger thematic section. It is concerned generally with showing ways in which hearer recognizes frames and draws on them in the process of coming to an understanding of what is heard.

Keywords: Christians; controversy stories; Gospels; Jewish; Mark; oral-aural narrative

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