- Series: The New International Greek Testament Commentary
- Hardcover: 757 pages
- Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (February 7, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802824463
- ISBN-13: 978-0802824462
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gospel of Mark (The New International Greek Testament Commentary) Hardcover – February 7, 2002
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About the Author
R. T. France (1938-2012) was Hon. Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Bangor. His other books include
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Being part of a commentary series explicitly on the Greek text, France engages the Greek mainly in terms of word studies and historical investigations (e.g. text critical issues and geographical locations); larger issues of syntax are more scarce. Since he devotes his discussion to Mark and not its use in the other gospels, France's analysis is neat and straightforward. France also makes limited use of the "Isaianic New Exodus" theme that has been popping up in Markan studies over the past few decades, so readers who are more warm to that perspective will demur at points. However, given his past work on the Isaianic servant in the gospels, France is well-informed on issues of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament.
As I said at the top, my verdict is that this is the Mark commentary work owning. While all the recent commentaries interact with France on some level (Joel Marcus and Robert Stein are two that come to mind), France is still worth having around for his clear and cogent discussions on the second gospel.
As far as the greek goes, you need a good command of the alphabet and pronunciation. It would help to understand verb forms and tenses, but you can get by without that knowledge. I read the commentary with an indexed Greek new testament and I had no problems following the text. Actually, I felt like I was reaching closer into Mark's mind, and also in a way into that of Jesus, by reading and studying the Greek.