Perspectives on the Ending of Mark and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$17.86
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Save: $2.13 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 21? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Trade in your item
Get a $0.40
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views Paperback


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.86
$15.94 $10.90

Frequently Bought Together

Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views + Four Views on the Book of Revelation
Price for both: $32.36

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Perspectives
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David Alan Black is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has published more than one hundred scholarly articles, authored or edited twenty books, and lectured abroad in Spain, Romania, and England. Black and his wife live in southern Virginia.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
2
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
In preparation I read this book edited by David Alan Black, who also served as one of the contributors.
Reviewer
As a pastor who aims to preach every verse and word of scripture, it is vital to understand the nature of the text you preach or teach.
mahlon smith
What was a symposium has become an easy or read and thoughtful book that will challenge preconceptions.
Ralph Henson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tertius on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Individually, I would rate the essays as follows. My overall ranking is based on an average of these:
Wallace: Five stars (*****)
Robinson: Three stars (***)
Elliott: Three stars (***)
Black: One star (*)

Wallace made the best case for his position, by far. He is strong not only in his handling of the evidence, but also in his carful identification of the presuppositions inherent in the debate. He raised several important points I had not previously considered and also introduced pieces of evidence that the other contributors seemed unaware of.

Robinson makes a few good points. He draws a number of interesting literary parallels, but most of the ones I actually checked by looking them up in my Bible seem much less convincing than he makes them out to be. The essay is marred heavily by the fact that all the subject headings are taken from Marianne Moore's poem, "Poetry," producing an essay that appears to be organized in an entirely nonsensical manner. His use of this poem as an analogy for different versions of Mark is especially unconvincing.

Elliott makes some interesting points about internal evidence as well, and in some ways he is almost a foil to Robinson's essay. However, he is far too dismissive of external testimony. He also proposes a theory that Mark is "damaged at both ends" which I find to be implausible in light of the dearth of textual evidence for this position. The essay's main redeeming quality is the discussion of canonicity at the end of it.

Black's essay is easily the worst. I have enjoyed reading some of Black's material in the past, and I was hoping to read some actual evidence for 16:9-20 as a Markan addition.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Graciano on January 30, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you would like to get current on the state of scholarship on the long ending of Mark, this is the introduction you want. Highly readable, this volume does not bolster your presuppositions, but alerts you to the important arguments on all sides of the debate regarding Mark's long ending (and the intermediate ending). This book is a great introduction for those just jumping into the debate and a good review and update for those who have previously studied the textual issue of Mark's long ending.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am preaching through the gospel of Mark. From the outset, I knew I had to decide how I was going to approach the last 12 verses. In the past, the question of when does Mark's Gospel end would not have been a problem. Preaching from the King James to people reading the King James doesn't necessitate an explanation. Other than that part about handling snakes I mean. And drinking poison (Mark 16:18). Besides, I could just camp on Mark 16:15 and be done with it. That was then. This is now. I preach from the NASB. My folks carry a variety of translations. The NIV makes a clear distinction separating vs. 8 from vss. 9-20. Most of the others simply use brackets with a footnote. In preparation I read this book edited by David Alan Black, who also served as one of the contributors.

Let's start with the issue at hand. "Since the two most reliable early manuscripts do not have Mark 16:9-20" (as per the NIV) are the last 12 verses of the gospel of Mark authentic? Does Mark end his gospel at verse 8, as all the modern translations seem to suggest or did he end at verse 20, the so-called long ending (LE), as the majority of manuscripts do? I assumed it was an either or question, who knew there were four possible views! The book did a very good job of differentiating between them.

2 views that say Yes, the long ending is the right ending

Maurice Robinson is Senior Professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of The New Testament in the Original Greek. He argues that Mark 16:9-20 is original. His is the traditional view that there is not enough evidence to the contrary to doubt the authenticity of the LE. You would think that his presentation would be the most easy to defend, given that his is the position with the most history behind it.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Snapp, Jr. on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book, consisting of a preface and five concise chapters, addresses a major text-critical issue, as the title indicates. The diversity of the perspectives of the authors is remarkable: Wallace and Bock propose that Mark intentionally stopped writing at the end of Mk 16:8; Robinson and Black propose that Mk 16:9-20 was present in the autograph of the Gospel of Mark, and Elliott proposes a more complex view that includes the premise that the Gospel of Mark originally had a different ending which is no longer extant.

It may seem unfair that Dr. Bock was allowed, as he was at the 2007 conference that led to this book, to advocate the same view as Dr. Wallace (his fellow professor at Dallas Theological Seminary). Their view thus receives extra coverage. However, since Bock really brings nothing new to the table, as far as evidence and analysis is concerned (except a misconception of the lectionary-evidence), this is a benign flaw.

This book has some shortcomings: Wallace got some facts mixed up. Robinson is insightful but seems preoccupied with some modern poetry. Black uses the book as an opportunity to promote an unlikely solution to the Synoptic Problem. Elliott seems to contradict himself on several points. And Bock is clearly not well-acquainted with the pertinent evidence. Nevertheless this book, taken as a whole, is an adequate introduction for non-specialists to this specific text-critical controversy.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa3f35178)