The Series Continues
We are proceeding with our series where we recommend 5 academic works that will help you understand each book of the New Testament. We continue with the Gospel of Mark!
The Gospel of Mark
Ched Myers, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus
This is a classic, and the subtitle tells it all. Myers offers a compelling argument for attending to the political dimensions of Mark and its call to “radical discipleship.”
David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey, Donald Michie, Mark As Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (Third edition)
A key study of narrative and rhetorical criticism applied to Mark.
Joel B. Green, The Way of the Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
This short book is a great Bible study on discipleship and cruciformity in Mark. I have returned to it many times. Green is known for his work on Luke, but he knows his way around the Synoptics well.
Helen Bond, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel
This book offer a fresh perspective on how Mark compares with and contrasts from ancient biographies. I found it really insightful!
Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels
This book is on the use of the Old Testament in all four Gospels, but I found the first section on Mark especially helpful to “make sense” of Mark’s hermeneutics. Also, be sure to read his shorter book Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness.
Other Gospels Recommendations
David Garland, A Theology of Mark’s Gospel
This is a must-have. I utilize this extensively whenever I teach on Mark.
Jonathan Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely
This is not a survey. Pennington helps the reader to approach the Gospels in the right way and get the most out of them.
The Gospels As Stories: A Narrative Approach to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
OK, I haven’t read this—and it’s not even out yet (coming June 16, 2020). But I know Brown’s work, and I expect it to be excellent.