Posted by: chuckbumgardner | February 21, 2014

Academic Resources on the Gospel of Mark

I’ve been doing some work on the Gospel of Mark, and wanted to highlight some non-commentary resources I’ve come across.

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William R. Telford, Writing on the Gospel of Mark, Guides to Advanced Biblical Research (Blandford Forum, UK: Deo, 2009). This appears to be the first, and presently the only, volume in this new series. I hope it will not be the last! Telford provides an exceedingly thorough section on the state of research (5 divisions, with numerous subdivisions and sub-subdivisions and sub-sub-subdivisions), 44 pages long. This is followed by 160 pages of “sample exegeses and readings” (historical/social-scientific, literary, theological, ideological/ethical approaches), and then–I kid you not–325 pages of (largely) annotated bibliography, again, thoroughly organized and subdivided. A short 13-page essay on “the future of research” and indices close out the volume. One can only imagine the amount of work this tome took.

Bruce Chilton, Darrell Bock, Daniel M. Gurtner, Jacob Neusner, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Daniel Oden, eds., A Comparative Handbook to the Gospel of Mark: Comparisons with Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran Scrolls, and Rabbinic Literature, The New Testament Gospels in their Judaic Contexts 1 (Leiden: Brill, 2010). At over $200, you’ll want to get this from a library!



Rodney Decker, “Markan Idiolect in the Study of the Greek of the New Testament,” in The Language of the New Testament: Context, History, and Development, ed. Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts, Early Christianity in Its Hellenistic Context 3, Linguistic Biblical Studies 6 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 43-66. Christopher Skinner talks about this article here.

J. F. Williams, Mark, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2014). Not out yet, but soon! This is the series which Murray Harris started some years ago, producing a single volume on Colossians and Philemon; B&H has recently picked up and restarted the series.



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