Byrne’s Costly Freedom is perhaps the best work on Mark that I have ever read. It is clear that Byrne, an Australian Jesuit, writes with an experienced hand, drawing from his years of teaching and preaching for the church. Byrne’s book is an exhilarating commentary on an exhilarating gospel.
Concordia Theological Quarterly
With this book Byrne has added an important interpretation of the Gospel of Mark which stands alongside many of the best hermeneutical efforts rather than against them. Presented in this format, the book can be well-used as part of a substantial comparative exegesis project in an upper level undergraduate course.
Catholic Books Review
This book is the fruit of years of teaching and interpreting Mark. It is suitable as a college or university textbook, but also for personal study.
Catholic Library World
Byrne offers a cohesive reading of the Gospel of Mark, bringing mainline scholarly insights to a popular audience.
This is a very fine work by Australian Jesuit Brendan Byrne, which with The Hospitality of God (on Luke) and Lifting the Burden (on Matthew) completes a Synoptic trilogy. . . . I will return to this commentary again and again.
Review of Biblical Literature
. . . a revitalizing study of the Markan narrative and a sure complement to any library. . . . [a]n incredibly rich and invaluable resource.
Anglican Theological Review
Brendan Byrne’s brief and readable commentary on Mark completes his Synoptic Gospels ‘trilogy.’ . . . Byrne is clearly passionate about, and an expert in, assisting preachers and those who hear them to interpret the Synoptic Gospels theologically.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Those searching for a sound and theologically rich commentary on Mark’s gospel for this lectionary year might well consider this fine study by Australian biblical scholar Brendan Byrne.
The Bible Today