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The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary

ISBN: 9781441255679

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The Gospel of Mark, addressed to an early Christian community perplexed by failure and suffering, presents Jesus as suffering Messiah and Son of God. Recognizing that failure and suffering continue to perplex Christians today, world-renowned New Testament scholar and theologian Francis Moloney marries the rich contributions of traditional historical scholarship with the contemporary approach to the Gospels as narrative. This commentary combines the highest-level scholarship with pastoral sensitivity. It offers an accessible and thoughtful reading of Mark’s narrative to bring the Gospel’s story to life for contemporary readers.

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  • Brings the Gospel of Mark into focus for contemporary readers
  • Includes several different levels of exegesis that grows readers as they study
  • Offers judicious treatment of important issues and troublesome passages

Top Highlights

“The Spirit of God, who cannot be seen, gently descends upon Jesus like a dove, which he can see.50” (Pages 36–37)

“no commentary on the Gospel of Mark appeared until the turn of the sixth century” (Page 1)

“the Markan Jesus endlessly on the move, urged on by a sense of mission” (Page 51)

“A respected religious leader would not take any woman by the hand” (Page 55)

“It was written to proclaim that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. He called this narrative form ‘the good news’ (τὸ εὐαγγέλιον).” (Page 31)

Fr. Francis J. Moloney has given us a fine commentary on Mark that works on a number of different levels and therefore will be of use to a number of different audiences. The main part of the commentary, intelligible to any educated lay reader, sticks close to the text and story of Mark as it stands, providing a good sense of the overall story of Mark, with its own peculiar language, tone, structure, and theology. The numerous footnotes provide the more advanced reader with discussions of more detailed questions of history, traditions, sources, and modern-day debates among scholars. In sum, Fr. Moloney shows himself to be a first-class scholar and teacher.

John P. Meier, William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Moloney has provided the same detailed and thoughtful reading of Mark’s narrative that scholars familiar with his earlier work on John would expect. He incorporates the latest results of modern scholarship to show how carefully the evangelist has crafted a narrative out of earlier Jesus traditions. Based on the Greek text, this book provides a study of the Gospel for pastors, seminary students, and intermediate-level students.

Pheme Perkins, professor of theology, Boston College

In his major commentary, F.J. Moloney succeeds in interpreting Mark’s Gospel at the highest scholarly level and also in a way that will be comprehensible to general readers. Moloney is one of those rare exegetes who is thoroughly familiar with the specialized literature on both sides of the Atlantic, so that this ranks as a truly ‘international’ commentary.

Udo Schnelle, professor of New Testament, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Francis Moloney has written an insightful commentary on the Gospel of Mark that will serve readers well—scholars and laity alike. Readers are treated to judicious treatment of important issues and troublesome passages. Moloney has a knack for clarifying Mark’s goals and theological interests. This commentary is highly recommended.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada

Here is an accessible commentary by a great teacher. It combines historical and literary insights in a masterful way.

Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School

Francis J. Moloney earned his STL from the Salesian Pontifical University in 1970 and his LSS from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1972. He earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1976. He was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne’s College of Divinity in Australia from 1976 to 1994. Moloney was the first theologian to be recognized as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities—an honor conferred in 1992—and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994.

Moloney became professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, in 1999, and was elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in 2001. By 2003, he was dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the International Theological Commission to the Holy See and served on it for 18 years. Moloney has written 36 books and numerous articles, including a popular commentary on the Catholic Epistles, From James to Jude and A Body Broken for a Broken People. Eucharist in the New Testament.


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