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The Gospel according to Mark (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – November 8, 2001
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"The present volume should have broad appeal to lay persons, ministers, and scholars as it fits within Pillar's purpose of exacting, accurate exegesis without being overly technical. Yet, this commentary is not a lightweight: the text and footnotes reflect both rigorous research and a thorough use of the most recent Markan scholarship."
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"Based on the New International Version of the Bible and often making reference to the nuance of the Greek original, the commentary provides the reader with a clear, well-informed, and thoughtful interpretation of Mark's Gospel."
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"James Edwards's new, careful study of the earliest Gospel brings together his interest in and ongoing research regarding Mark's work. He does so in a way that will have a broad appeal to a wide audience, including both the academic community and the service of pastors and teachers. This is an excellent piece of applied research and rigorous study."
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Some of this one-sided comparison is ok. Many of today's scholars believe Mark is the earliest gospel and the other Synoptic gospels are partially dependent on it for source material. That's alright. But if you read this commentary carefully, soon it might dawn on you that the writer sees the other gospels in a way conservative evangelicals should not.
The problem reaches a climax in Mark 14, the episode of Jesus' arrest where the ear of the high priest's servant was severed. John 18:10 names the attacker as Peter but Edwards considers this to be nothing more than unreliable "later tradition". Let me quote from the commentary (pp 438-439):
"Later tradition identified Peter as the sword-wielding assailant, but this is not as certain as is often assumed, for Mark attributes the deed not to a disciple but "to one of those standing near". This same phrase will appear in vv 69-70, where it obviously does not refer to disciples. It is far more likely that the arrest squad, and not the disciples, were armed with swords. Indeed, if the assailant were a disciple we should expect an arrest to follow. But no arrest follows, which at least suggests that the severed ear fell from the misguided valor of a henchman rather than of a disciple or Peter. Peter, of course, figures prominently in the events of chap. 14 and is likely Mark's source of much of it.Read more ›
The primary interest lies in the fact that less than 200 years ago, the basic opinions on dating Mark changed from its being considered a copy of Matthew to being an earlier source of both Matthew and Luke. This lively discussion was enriched even further by exegesis in the last 50 years, with the founding of `redactive' analysis by Marxson in Germany.
I've surveyed five different exegeses of Mark and have found much common ground, but also many differences, lying primarily in the translations and in the extent to which they address the history of commentary on Mark. Even though some of the volumes deal much more deeply with previous scholarship than others, all limit themselves to work done in the 20th century, and even to work done in the last 50 years. One thing I must say that although there are important differences, all of these volumes represent sound work at the deepest levels of scholarship. Some are more suitable for pastoral use than others, but none are `lightweights'.
The six volumes I surveyed follow:
`The Gospel According to Mark', William L. Lane, 1974, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., `The New International Commentary on the New Testament' Series.
`Mark 1-8:26', Robert A.Read more ›
As a pastor, I have especially benefited from the conceptual work in this commentary. It is not uncommon for verse by verse works to get lost in the weeds (pastorally speaking), or segmented from itself as it pours over words, their origins, and their possible interpretations. Edwards, however, is consistent in keeping his eyes on the sweeping themes of Mark, especially discipleship. Not only is there rich commentary in the introductory paragraphs of each section, but within the verse by verse work as well.
I highly recommend this book as a well-grounded, evangelical commentary that does a phenomenal job of providing conceptual and pastoral insight along the way. It has been a joy to use.
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I debated for a while which commentaries to purchase on the Gospel of Mark as I preach through the gospels and life of Jesus. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Atkins
The Gospel according to Mark is a great commentary to use as a reference studying guide. I recommend this book to all my neighbors.
I'm a pastor taking my congregation through the book of Mark. This has been an almost in-dispensable commentary. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin RK Davis
GREAT BOOK ESPECIALLY SINCE I HEARD THE AUTHOR SPEAK RECENTLY.Published 9 months ago by MAURICE LEGARE
Nothing sloppy, but nothing especially helpful. Last Commentary on Mark that I turn to. Not a commentary that I would buy again, unless one is just looking for a simple grounded... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. REEVES
Excellent reformed commentary. Helpful insight into the gospel of Mark. Very clearly written and easy to understand for all levels. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dylan
I really like James Edwards' style. His Luke commentary (Pillar) is expected to be published in April 2015. Hopefully, it will include the kindle edition. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sue from CA
Excellent book! I highly recommend this book when you are studying the book of Mark. Great help in understanding the culture the times and most importantly fleshing out the Word of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maria Elings
Highly recommended commentary. The Pillar series is thorough and conservative. The volume on Mark is accessible and of value to ministers and students.Published 19 months ago by Green Chile