Mark: A Commentary

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Fortress Press, 2007 - Religion - 894 pages
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Professor Adela Yarbro Collins brings to bear on the text of the first Gospel the latest historical-critical perspectives, providing a full treatment of such controversial issues as the relationship of canonical Mark to the "Secret Gospel of Mark" and the text of the Gospel, including its longer endings. She situates the Gospel, with its enigmatic portrait of the misunderstood Messiah, in the context of Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the first century. Her comments draw on her profound knowledge of apocalyptic literature as well as on the traditions of popular biography in the Greco-Roman world to illuminate the overall literary form of the Gospel.

The commentary also introduces an impressive store of data on the language and style of Mark, illustrated from papyrological and epigraphical sources. Collins is in constructive dialogue with the wide range of scholarship on Mark that has been produced in the twentieth century. Her work will be foundational for Markan scholarship in the first half of the twenty-first century.

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About the author (2007)

Adela Yarbro Collins is Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. Her previous books include Mark: A Commentary and Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse.

Harold Attridge is Dean of Yale University Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. He has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. He has edited eleven books and contributed numerous chapters and articles to books and journals. He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Biblical Literature, and the Hermenia Commentary Series. He is active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as its president.