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The Gospel according to Mark: A Commentary
Focant, Camille
Keylock, Leslie Robert, translator

Eugene: Pickwick, 2012 pp. xvi + 740. $75.00


Description: The world to which the Gospel of Mark introduces its reader is a world of conflicts and suspense, enigmas and secrets, questions and overturning of evidence, irony and surprise. Its principal actor, Jesus, is perplexing in the extreme. He is evidently so for the religious authorities who oppose him, but also for his disciples, who shift from incomprehension to opposition and flight. Questions of meaning, life and death, good and evil are continually broached. This narrative is a subtle invitation to enter into a new world, that of the coming Reign of God, in which the first are last and whoever wants to save his life must lose it. This commentary on the Gospel of Mark has been enthusiastically reviewed in the French edition as one of the best current commentaries on Mark. As a narrative critical commentary, it favors an interpretation of the Gospel that tries to grasp the dynamic of the text taken as a whole. Even if the technical vocabulary of narrative analysis is not used, and the main results of the historical-critical criticism, particularly those of redaction criticism, are not neglected, as the notes will reveal, it is narrative criticism that guides the proceedings.

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

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Review by Geert Van Oyen
Published 8/19/2013
Citation: Geert Van Oyen, review of Camille Focant, The Gospel according to Mark: A Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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