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Mark (New International Biblical Commentary) Paperback – November 1, 1995

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Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

This volume transports modern readers back to the days of Mark's original audience and helps us to understand and apply his unique writing and challenges to the church. Very possibly the oldest written account of the ministry of Jesus that we possess, the Gospel of Mark is a vivid and fast-paced narrative of the Good News about Jesus.

Larry W. Hurtado is professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins in the University of Edinburgh. He has published influential studies in New Testament textual criticism, early Christian worship, the importance of early Christian manuscripts as artifacts, and the Gospel of Mark. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Larry W. Hurtado is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director of the University of Edinburgh Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. He is the author of numerous articles and books.


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Product Details

  • Series: New International Biblical Commentary (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; Subsequent edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943575168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943575162
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Larry Hurtado is one of the world's foremost scholars of early Christianity and textual matters related to its primary sources.

This commentary on Mark's Gospel certainly fits the bill if you are looking for a commentary that is reasonably short, doesn't require knowledge of Greek, but is substantial in its depth of treatment.

This work, as Prof. Hurtado concedes, is a brief on introductory matters. It should be supplemented by the standard introductions of Carson & Moo, Guthrie and Brown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jetsleeper on September 3, 2014
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Larry Hurtado accompmlishes what he sets out to do - provide a readable and insightful introduction to the Book of Mark. For anyone who is interested in the Book of Mark and does not have much backgound on the gospel this is terrific book to begin with. The book does not overwhelm one, yet it provides an informative guide and overview of the topic. What really sets this book apart form other books is the author's style and command of his topic. What I found most valuable in his book were;
- His knowledge of ancient Jewish culture and customs - he explains concept and traditions that are not familair to people in an easy way that allows the reader to understand the backgound to the issues.
- While the book does not require any knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, the author's command of the languages comes through as he is able to explain words used in the original text with great skill and confidence that one who reads his explanation of the words can easily understand what the special nuance of the terms were.

For anyone who is intertersted in understand the Book of Mark and does not have much background in Bible history or theology this is an excellent place to begin. The book does not have any revolutionary new thesis or writing against any current thesis. So it is not too complex. However, it is a well thoughout and clear overview of the Book of Mark. Best of all the author has a sincere and friendly style of writing that one is kept interested in what the author has to write.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Nielsen on July 8, 2013
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I like Hurtado's writing style and the ease with which he can communicate and provide insight into the original text.
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