The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary

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Overview

"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, 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, Boston College

"Here is an accessible commentary by a great teacher. It combines historical and literary insights in a masterful way."
--Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale Divinity School

"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, University of Halle, Germany

"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, Acadia Divinity College

"A useful resource for understanding Mark's Gospel. . . . I trust that Moloney's contribution to Markan studies will be well received by those seeking to understand and appreciate Mark's story of Jesus."
--Kevin W. Larsen, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801047169
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Senior Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He formerly served as dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America and as provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region. He is the author of many books, including Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist and The Gospel of John: Text and Context.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
Ch. I Introduction to the Gospel of Mark 1
Sect. 1 Prologue: Mark 1:1-13
Ch. II The Prologue (Mark 1:1-13) 27
Sect. 2 The Mystery of Jesus: Mark 1:14-8:30
Ch. III Jesus and Israel (Mark 1:14-3:6) 45
Ch. IV Jesus and His New Family (Mark 3:7-6:6a) 73
Ch. V Jesus and the Disciples (Mark 6:6b-8:30) 115
Sect. 3 Jesus, the Son of Man and Son of God: Mark 8:31-15:47
Ch. VI Jesus and the Disciples Journey to Jerusalem (Mark 8:31-10:52) 171
Ch. VII Endings in Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-13:37) 215
Ch. VIII The Passion of Jesus (Mark 14:1-15:47) 275
Sect. 4 Epilogue: Mark 16:1-8
Ch. IX The Epilogue (Mark 16:1-8) 339
Ch. X The Appendix (Mark 16:9-20) 355
Bibliography 363
Index of Modern Authors 385
Index of Ancient Sources 391
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