MGVHoffman at CrossMarks
The books below are ones I recommend for the study of the Gospel of Mark. The first column lists introductions to Mark, and you will see that I am especially promoting a narrative and reader-response approach. Below that you will find a listing of the most reliable modern commentaries on the Gospel of Mark.
|INTRODUCTIONS TO MARK
|COMMENTARIES ON MARK
Mark as Story: Rhoads, Dewey, Michie
|Important work on Mark that provides good introduction to narrative reading of the Gospel. Works well at the popular level.
|If you only get one commentary on Mark, I recommend this one. It is attentive to narrative, rhetorical, and theological matters, but it is not overly technical. My first choice for pastors, preachers, and Bible study leaders.
Mark & Method
a variety of approaches to Mark. I especially like Moore's
deconstructive chapter and Fowler's reader-response one.
popular-level commentary backed by solid scholarship and narrative
and provocative reader-response approach to Mark
to literary aspects, especially intratextuality and intertextuality
|A bit dated but still an excellent introduction using a reader-response approach
Bible series > Scholarly and thorough. The one to check when you
need the most information
dealing with literary aspects of Mark that was inspiration for many
|Anchor Bible series > Scholarly and thorough. The one to check when you need the most information
Mark: A Commentary (Hermeneia):
Adela Yarbro Collins
|As befits the
Hermeneia series, this is an exhaustive commentary on Mark informed
by the best historical-critical work.
good, reliable commentary in the Interpretation series
graphic novel approach to Mark!
more technical commentary in NIGTC series assuming knowledge of
The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark: Joanna Dewey
work on Mark has attended to its oral character, and you can have no
better guide than Dewey who is a leader in the field.
commentary that pays special attention to the socio-rhetorical
aspects of the Gospel
|This series assumes some knowledge of Greek, but it has features useful to anyone. Each section includes a "Literary Context," an outline, the "Main Idea," a translation that is graphical laid out to indicate the logic of the text, a section on "Structure and Literary Form," an exegetical outline, and then a verse by verse explanation of the text.