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The Gospel according to St Mark: An Introduction and Commentary (Cambridge Greek Testament Commentaries) 1974th Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Paperback : 524 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521092043
- ISBN-10 : 0521092043
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.31 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; 1974th edition (January 1, 1959)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then in the next couple of pages this teacher goes to work looking at the Greek terms ina, and mepote. This book is just what the doctor ordered for one who has had a year of Greek, and is in need of tutoring as he continues to read and learn of Greek. He patiently goes through the possible ways of understanding the text.
Another very good thing about Cranfield is that he reads and learns from the Church fathers, and from Byzantine as well as Latin commentators. Further, he looks at the textual variants, which few commentators do any more(or so it seems to me, Lord have mercy and let me not speak wrongly). Frederick Danker one time commented on the want of looking at variants in the texts. I like commentaries which do this, over the composite text( usually the Nestle Aland). Whereas, like the older commentators, Cranfield looks at the readings(or words) given by various NT texts(Sin., A, B, D etc.) I know that many of these readings are in the Aland text, but not always are commentators commenting on this in their commentaries. Well, that is how it seems to me anyway.
This is a commentary for one who reads the Greek text, and has it sitting right nearby. You will need that, as while he has portions of the verses, this book does not have the whole Greek text or its translation in the book.
The book follows the basic format of the old Cambridge commentary on the Greek New Testament, a series that had many good pithy remarks, especially on the Greek text. The old series had good remarks on the theological message, but this newer series(which never was completed, it only has two books of the NT covered, so far as I know, Mark and Colossians, by C. F. D. Moule) seems to be stronger on the theological message.
This commentary on Mark, with those by Richard France(the NIGTC) and William Lane( NICNT) are the three I like best, although there are many more fine books.