13 Best Mark Commentaries You Must Read First
June 14, 2017

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1) The Gospel of Mark (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)

 

 

The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others. World-class scholar R. T. France writes the commentary on the Greek text of Mark in a reader-friendly and thorough fashion.

 

2) The Gospel according to Mark: The English Text With Introduction, Exposition, and Notes

 

 

The Gospel according to Mark: The English Text With Introduction, Exposition, and Notes, by William Lane was written in 1974 for William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.  At nearly 700 words, it is through and still timely today.  It is a landmark Mark commentary that is scholarly, balanced and readable.

3) The Gospel according to Mark

 

 

James Edwards – the Bruner-Welch Endowed Professor of Theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington – writes The Gospel according to Mark for Pillar New Testament Commentaries.  The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament.

4) The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

 

The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
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Bible scholar Ben Witherington – Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and a faculty member at St. Andrews University in Scotland – pens The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary for Eerdmans.  Dr. Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is revered, creating a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel.  This book stands out amongst the many which have been published on the Gospel of Mark in recent years.

 

 

5) Mark (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)

 

Mark (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)
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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. R. Alan Cole writes the commentary on the book of Mark.

 

6) Mark (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)

 

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The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases. Respected New Testament scholar Robert Stein writes the scholarly yet very accessible commentary on the Gospel of Mark.

 

7) Mark: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

 

James A. Brooks presents Mark: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.

 

8) Mark (The NIV Application Commentary)

 

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David E. Garland – professor of New Testament at Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas – shares perspectives on Mark that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.  This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.

9) The Gospel according to St Mark: An Introduction and Commentary

 

 

The 21 volume Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges (21 vols.) is a must-have collection for those studying the New Testament in its original language. Each volume contains a selected New Testament book in Greek, followed by a detailed and insightful commentary by one of 16 scholars from the late 19th and early 20th centuries . Although these books were originally written for students, they are perfect for  anyone studying the New Testament in the Greek language.  C. E. B. Cranfield writes the volume on Mark.

 

10) Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross, Chapters 1 – 8

 

 

Robert H. Gundry presents this monumental for Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.  It is a careful, well-argued alternative reading of the Greek text of Mark.  At 500 plus pages, this is a massive commentary that is bursting with rich detail and critical assessment of the secondary literature.  Truly an important contribution to Markan research that exudes superior scholarship in every way.

 

11) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 34a, Mark 1-8:26

 

 

Robert A. Guelich – Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary – presents Vol. 34a, Mark 1-8:26 for The Word Biblical Commentary.  The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

 

12) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 34b, Mark 8:27-16:20

 

 

Craig A. Evans – the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University – presents Vol. 34b, Mark 8:27-16:20 for The Word Biblical Commentary.  The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

13) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

 

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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.

 

 

 

 



 

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