The Gospel of Mark


This commentary examines the Gospel of Mark through the literary concepts of intratextuality and intertextuality. "Intratextuality" involves reading Mark as Mark, by Mark. It looks to the final form of the Gospel rather than its sources or literary history: its favored words, images, literary devices, forms structures, characterization, and plot. Particular attention to Mark's distinctive vocabulary and themes reveals the Gospel as a unified literary production. "Intertextuality" invites examination of the ...
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This commentary examines the Gospel of Mark through the literary concepts of intratextuality and intertextuality. "Intratextuality" involves reading Mark as Mark, by Mark. It looks to the final form of the Gospel rather than its sources or literary history: its favored words, images, literary devices, forms structures, characterization, and plot. Particular attention to Mark's distinctive vocabulary and themes reveals the Gospel as a unified literary production. "Intertextuality" invites examination of the relationship between texts and a textual tradition. Here the commentary broadens the view to include materials not usually classified as "texts" (e.g., archaeological data) and shows the links of the text of the Gospel of Mark to these other materials as well as to literature, including the Old Testament, and to the life of the Markan community and the Christian community today.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This volume is a paperback edition of another fine contribution in the Sacra Pagina commentary series by Liturgical Press. The paperback edition will make it more accessible, a welcome development for all pastors and students. . . . A ‘must’ for every library.
Catholic Library World

. . . sets the standard for a comprehensive one-volume treatment of Mark for this generation.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Pastors will find this commentary spends more time in their hands and less on their shelves than others, and the congregations who hear their homilies and sermons will be enriched and challenged.

Donahue and Harrington, well-known scholars who have made numerous contributions to Markan studies in monographs and journal articles, have provided us with a helpful and reasonably sized commentary. It is large enough to deal with the majority of issues involved in the study of Mark without overwhelming us with more information than the average pastor or theological student can handle or wants. It is written succinctly and is very readable. It provides in its Introduction a brief and excellent overview of the major issues involved in the study of Mark.
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The commentary is highly recommended for the target audiences of the series—biblical scholars, students, theologians, clergy, religious educators, and interested non-specialists—and the authors are to be commended for producing a work that is both scholarly and genuinely useful and accessible to a wide variety of readers.
Toronto Journal of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814658048
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Sacra Pagina Series
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 882,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 5.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John’s Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year A published by Liturgical Press

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has a doctorate in biblical languages and literatures from Harvard University. A past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, he has written many books on the Old and New Testament, including the New Collegeville Bible Commentary on The Letter to the Hebrews (Liturgical Press, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
1 An Intratextual and Intertextual Commentary 1
2 Mark among the Gospels 3
3 Mark before the Gospels 6
4 Mark as "Author" and Theologian 8
5 Mark as "Literature" 12
6 The Genre of Mark 13
7 The Literary Artistry of Mark 16
8 Narrative Criticism and the Gospel of Mark 20
9 Mark's Picture of Jesus 23
10 Discipleship in Mark 29
11 Mark and the Old Testament and Judaism 34
12 The Eschatology of Mark 37
13 Mark in Relation to Paul and to Peter 38
14 The Date and Audience of Mark 41
15 The Outline of Mark's Gospel 46
16 General Bibliography 50
The Gospel of Mark Translation, Notes, Interpretation
1 The Prologue: The Beginning of the Good News (1:1-13) 59
2 Transitional Markan Summary: Proclamation of the Kingdom (1:14-15) 70
3 The Call of the First Disciples (1:16-20) 73
4 A Paradigmatic Day Begins the Ministry of Jesus (1:21-34) 78
5 Highpoints of Jesus' Work in Galilee (1:35-45) 86
6 The Healing of the Paralyzed Man (2:1-12) 92
7 The Call of Levi and Meals with Toll Collectors and Sinners (2:13-17) 100
8 Fasting, Torn Garments, and New Wineskins (2:18-22) 105
9 Plucking Grain on the Sabbath (2:23-28) 110
10 Healing on a Sabbath (3:1-6) 114
11 Transitional Markan Summary: Healing beside the Sea (3:7-12) 118
12 Choosing the Twelve (3:13-19) 122
13 The Beelzebul Controversy and the True Family of Jesus (3:20-35) 128
14 The Parable of the Sower, Sayings on the Mystery of the Kingdom of God, and the Allegory of the Seeds (4:1-20) 136
15 Four Sayings on Revelation and Two Kingdom Parables (4:21-34) 149
16 Jesus' Power over the Wind and Waves (4:35-41) 156
17 The Exorcism of the Gerasene Demoniac (5:1-20) 162
18 The Daughter of Jairus and the Woman with the Hemorrhage (5:21-43) 171
19 The Rejection at Nazareth (6:1-6a) 183
20 The Mission Charge to the Twelve (6:6b-13) 189
21 The Identity of Jesus and the Execution of John the Baptist (6:14-29) 194
22 The Feeding of the 5000 by the Sea of Galilee (6:30-44) 203
23 Jesus Walks on the Water and Astounds the Disciples (6:45-52) 212
24 A Markan Summary of the Healing Power of Jesus (6:53-56) 216
25 The Dispute over Clean and Unclean (7:1-23) 218
26 The Syrophoenician Woman (7:24-30) 232
27 Jesus Restores Hearing and Speech to a Suffering Man (7:31-37) 238
28 The Second Feeding Narrative: The 4000 (8:1-10) 243
29 Pharisees and Scribes Seek a Sign (8:11-13) 247
30 A Further Misunderstanding by the Disciples and the Conclusion of the Bread Section (8:14-21) 251
31 The Gradual Healing of a Blind Man (8:22-26) 255
32 Peter's Confession, the First Passion Prediction, Peter's Misunderstanding, and the Demands of Discipleship (8:27-38) 259
33 The Transfiguration (9:1-13) 267
34 Healing a Possessed Boy (9:14-29) 276
35 A Second Passion Prediction and More Instructions for Disciples (9:30-50) 282
36 Marriage and Divorce (10:1-12) 292
37 Jesus Blesses Children (10:13-16) 299
38 Riches and Poverty (10:17-31) 302
39 A Third Passion Prediction and More Instructions for Disciples (10:32-45) 309
40 The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (10:46-52) 316
41 Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem (11:1-11) 320
42 The Fig Tree and the Temple (11:12-25) 326
43 The Authority of Jesus (11:27-33) 333
44 The Parable of the Vineyard (12:1-12) 337
45 Taxes to Caesar (12:13-17) 343
46 The Debate about Resurrection (12:18-27) 348
47 The Great Commandment(s) (12:28-34) 354
48 The Messiah and the Son of David (12:35-37) 358
49 The Scribes and the Widow (12:38:44) 362
50 Jesus' Eschatological Discourse (13:1-37) 366
51 Contrasting Beginnings of Jesus' Last Days (14:1-11) 383
52 Jesus' Final Meal with His Disciples (14:12-25) 391
53 Prediction of Peter's Denial (14:26-31) 401
54 Jesus in Gethsemane (14:32-42) 406
55 The Arrest of Jesus (14:43-52) 414
56 Jesus before the Sanhedrin and the Denial by Peter (14:53-72) 419
57 Jesus before Pilate (15:1-20) 429
58 The Crucifixion of Jesus (15:21-32) 440
59 The Death of Jesus (15:33-41) 446
60 The Burial of Jesus (15:42-47) 453
61 The Empty Tomb (16:1-8) 457
62 Later Endings (16:9-20) 462
1 Principal Ancient Parallels 465
2 Subjects 479
3 Authors 483
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