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A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Mark (ICC)

, 1896
ISBN: 9780567050229

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For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis—linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological—with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series.

No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.

The depth of analysis found in the International Critical Commentary (ICC) Series has yet to be surpassed in any commentary collection. One of the best features of this series is the extensive amount of background information given in each volume's introduction, where all of the analysis is provided before the actual commentary begins. Each volume packs more information into the introduction than you will often find in the body of most commentaries! Also consider that with the electronic versions of each volume, you will never need to leaf through the hundreds of pages in each volume searching for the passage you are studying.

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“This term, Son of God, like the title Messiah, is applied to the Messianic King in the uncanonical Jewish literature. But its use is purely theocratic and official, corresponding to the O.T. use to denote any one whose office specially represents God among men, such as kings and judges (see J. 10:36). Its use to denote the relation to God springing from the miraculous conception is confined to Lk. 1:35, and its application to Jesus’ metaphysical relation to God is not found in the Synoptics.” (Pages 3–4)

“The lack of faith is in himself, in his power and disposition to care for them, and, as implied in the οὔπω, after so many attestations of both. Their appeal to him while he was asleep had not been the calm invocation of a trusted power, but the frightened reproach of those whose faith is defeated by danger.” (Page 85)

“Not only diseases and demons, but the elements themselves. Their wonder in this case took the form of fear, corresponding to the feeling with which they regarded the power of the elements against which Jesus matched himself.” (Page 86)

“In the figure of the wedding, it is the incongruity of fasting and joy that is pointed out; in these figures, it is the incongruity of new and old. The old religion attempted to regulate conduct by rules and forms, the new by principles and motives, and these are foreign, the one to the other. It is not fasting to which objection is taken, but fasting according to rule, instead of its inherent principle. As a piece of legalism, or asceticism, in which fasting per se becomes of moral obligation, it is incongruous with the free spirit of Christianity.” (Page 47)

The whole make-up is that of a thoroughly helpful, instructive critical study of the Word, surpassing anything of the kind ever attempted in the English language, and to students and clergymen knowing the proper use of a commentary it will prove an invaluable aid.

The Lutheran Quarterly

Professor Gould has done his work well and thoroughly. . . . The commentary is an admirable example of the critical method at its best. . . . The Word study . . . shows not only familiarity with all the literature of the subject, but patient, faithful, and independent investigation. ... It will rank among the best, as it is the latest commentary on this basal Gospel.

The Christian Intelligencer

Dr. Gould's commentary on Mark is a large success . . . and a credit to American scholarship. ... He has undoubtedly given us a commentary on Mark which surpasses all others, a thing we have reason to expect will be true in the case of every volume of the series to which it belongs.

The Biblical World

  • Title: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Mark
  • Author: Ezra P. Gould
  • Editor: Samuel Rolles Driver, Alfred Plummer and Charles Augustus Briggs
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 317

Ezra P. Gould: Was Professor of the New Testament Literature and Language, Divinity School of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Philadelphia.


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  4. Larry Craig

    Larry Craig


    This is the first book I bought after graduating from Bible school and the first in this series. I love this book. If I could only have one commentary set, it would be the ICC.


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