The fullest commentary ever to come out on the Gospel of Mark, this monumental work by Robert H. Gundry, reflecting years of painstaking scholarship, presents a well-argued alternative reading of the Greek text of Mark. Gundry turns from form and redaction criticism, both of which he considers largely inapplicable to Mark, to a very close reading of Mark's text as it stands — a reading that pays special attention to such literary devices as word order, chiasm, inclusion, asyndeton, and the historical present tense.
Driving the commentary is Gundry's provocative thesis that the Gospel of Mark constitutes a straightforward apology for the apparently shameful manner of Jesus' death; as such Mark is essentially an evangelistic tract rather than an obliquely written handbook of Christian discipleship and church life.
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A major contribution to Markan scholarship . . . An indispensable resource for scholars, students, and pastors.
——John R. Kohlenberger III, lecturer, consultant, and adjunct instructor in Bible and biblical language, Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary
No serious student of Mark dare neglect so important a book.... A full commentary on the text of the Gospel of Mark, expounding it in the light of a thesis which runs counter to much critical orthodoxy—namely, that the Gospel is a straightforward account of Jesus with an evangelistic purpose and is designed to overcome the scandal which the cross wrongly presented to unbelievers. The author is skeptical of many of the methods and conclusions of radical scholarship and argues for a presentation based on historical fact transmitted through Peter's reminiscences to John Mark. Based on the Greek text, the commentary contains an extraordinary abundance of detail and discussion of other points of view, yet it is written in an easy and readable style.
——I. Howard Marshall, emeritus professor of New Testament exegesis, University of Aberdeen
Gundry's independence and creativity show up throughout the work. He seems incapable of writing a page that is not provocative, and just the fact that his commentary includes numerous controversial judgments will affect the scholarly discussion in a fairly profound way. Yet this feature is not the result of haphazard, shotgun attempts at being original. On the contrary, Gundry has managed to present a coherent interpretation that obviously is based not on a selective handling of the data but on exhaustive research.... I hope that the volume will be widely recognized as the great success that it is.
——Moisés Silva, Westminster Theological Seminary