Although it appears second in the New Testament, Mark is generally recognized as the first Gospel to be written. Captivating non-stop narrative characterizes this earliest account of the life and teachings of Jesus. In the first installment of his two volume commentary on Mark, New Testament scholar Joel Marcus recaptures the power of Mark’s enigmatic narrative and capitalizes on its lively pace to lead readers through familiar and not-so-familiar episodes from the ministry of Jesus.
As Marcus points out, the Gospel of Mark can only be understood against the backdrop of the apocalyptic atmosphere of the Jewish rebellion of 66–73 AD, during which the Roman army destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. While the Jewish revolutionaries believed that the war was “the beginning of the end” and that a messianic redeemer would soon appear to lead his people to victory over their human enemies (the Romans) and cosmic foes (the demons), for Mark the redeemer had already come in the person of Jesus. Paradoxically, however, Jesus had won the decisive holy-war victory when he was rejected by his own people and executed on a Roman cross.
The student of two of this generation’s most respected Bible scholars, Raymond E. Brown and J. Louis Martyn, Marcus helps readers understand the history, social customs, economic realities, religious movements, and spiritual and personal circumstances that made Jesus who he was. Challenging to scholars and enlightening to lay people, Mark 1–8 is an invaluable tool for anyone reading the Gospel story.
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- Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
- Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
- Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
- Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature
- The Markan Prologue (Mark 1:1–15)
- The Beginning of the Good News (1:1–3)
- The Ministry of John the Baptist (1:4–8)
- The Baptism of Jesus (1:9–11)
- Jesus in the Wilderness (1:12–13)
- Jesus’ Inaugural Preaching (1:14–15)
- First Major Section (Mark 1:16–3:6)
- The Honeymoon Period (Mark 1:16–45)
- The Opposition Asserts Itself (Mark 2:1–3:6)
- Second Major Section (Mark 3:7–6:6a)
- The Spreading Impact of Jesus (3:7–12)
- The Commissioning of the Twelve (3:13–19)
- Which Side Is Jesus On? (3:20–35)
- The Parabolic Discourse about the Dominion of God (Mark 4:1–34)
- Third Major Section (Mark 6:6b–8:21)
- The Disciples Are Sent out on a Missionary Journey (6:6b–13)
- The Martyrdom of John the Baptist (6:14–29)
- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand Men (6:30–44)
- Jesus Walks on the Sea (6:45–52)
- More and More Healings (6:53–56)
- Jesus Argues with the Pharisees about Scripture and Tradition (7:1–15)
- What Really Defiles a Person (7:17–23)
- Jesus Grants a Gentile Woman’s Request for Healing (7:24–30)
- Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute (7:31–37)
- Wilderness Feeding, Testing, and Incomprehension (8:1–21)
- Title: Mark 1–8
- Author: Joel Marcus
- Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 2002
- Pages: 592
About Joel Marcus
Joel Marcus is professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Boston University School of Theology, having previously taught at the University of Glasgow and Princeton Theological Seminary. Aside from his many scholarly publications in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and New Testament Studies, he is the author of The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark, available from Logos as part of Studies in Jesus and the Gospels (23 vols.).