The Gospel of Mark is written from God’s perspective. The narrator knows how Scripture relates to events, what Jesus is thinking, what the disciples do or do not understand, and what the religious leaders suspect. He hears the voice from heaven addressed to Jesus alone; he knows about the conversation at Jesus’ trial where none of the disciples is present. The narrator, in other words, knows more than any of the characters could know. This is at least partly what Christians have meant in categorizing the books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God—the work claims an authority and truthfulness beyond ordinary texts.
In his commentary on the Gospel of Mark, Donald H. Juel provides a history of interpretation of the Gospel of Mark, the key issues in the Gospel, and exegetical and interpretive analysis.
- Discussion of historical issues, such as authorship, dating, and location
- Textual and literary notes
- Bibliographies and suggestions for further reading and study
- Scripture references linked to your Greek New Testament or English translation
- Title: Mark
- Author: Donald H. Juel
- Editors: Roy A. Harrisville, Jack Dean Kingsbury, and Gerhard A. Krodel
- Publisher: Augsburg
- Series: Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament
- Publication Date: 1990
- Pages: 239
About Donald H. Juel
Donald H. Juel is professor of New Testament at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. He has taught also at Indiana University and Princeton Theological Seminary. A popular lecturer to clergy and lay groups, he is the author of several books, among them Luke-Acts: The Premise of History and Messianic Exegesis: Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early Christianity.