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Mark for the Nations: A Text- and Reader-Oriented Commentary
Hartman, Lars

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2010 pp. 704. $70.00


Description: Mark for the Nations is a translation by the author of his Swedish commentary on the Gospel of Mark. It is meant both for students of theology and for pastors, as well as for lay people. Hartman reads Mark's Gospel through the eyes of an early Gentile-Christian reader. For this reason he quotes much material from the Hellenistic world in translation. To some extent this material appears here for the first time in a gospel commentary. The analysis makes use of literary criticism and text linguistics, but avoids the technical terminology. To stimulate a modern reader's understanding of the evangelist's message to his first-century audience Hartman has endeavored to translate traditional terms into slightly more common language.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature

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Review by Robert M. Fowler
Published 2/8/2013
Citation: Robert M. Fowler, review of Lars Hartman, Mark for the Nations: A Text- and Reader-Oriented Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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