My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very helpful scholarly work on perhaps the most difficult passage in the Gospel of Mark–Mark 11:22-24, where Jesus promises any prayer will be granted to anyone providing they believe it will be done. Dowd explains the cultural religious debate of the time over whether everything was possible for the gods or not, and the tension between power (God can do anything) and the suffering of God’s people. Dowd uses Jesus’ prayer in the garden as the climactic solution in Mark to that tension.