This widely praised commentary by William Lane shows Mark to be a theologian whose primary aim was to strengthen the people of God in a time of fiery persecution by Nero. Using redaction criticism as a hermeneutical approach for understanding the text and the intention of the evangelist, Lane considers the Gospel of Mark as a total literary work and describes Mark's creative role in shaping the Gospel tradition and in exercising a conscious theological purpose.
Both indicating how the text was heard by Mark's contemporaries and studying Mark within the frame of reference of modern Gospel research, Lane's thoroughgoing work is at once useful to scholars and intelligible to nonspecialists.
William L. Lane
2nd Revised ed.
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I have found it to be a treasure of great price. As one who loves God, who loves Jesus, then it is understandable that I love the Living, Breathing Word. The Word that is the Bible, and paradoxically all that Jesus is Incarnationally. The Lord's mercy saw fit to use Michael Cards songs, books, & teachings in my walk of faith. To read Dr Lane is a desire to 'reach back', to listen ( or at least try ). If you need a good commentary on what I believe to be the first written testimony, to Christians beginning to face persecution, ostracization, alienation, then listen to Peter as he speaks through John Mark. Listen to Dr Lane speak through the ink of this text. Allow him to conduct you to a point of an "informed heart & mind" and hopefully the Holy Spirit will bring myself, & the reader to where Martha's Sister, Mary, desired more than anything: at the feet of Jesus, listening to His Voice.
William Lane's excellent commentary is, in the manner of the other NICOTNT, is very informative and yet easily understood by those like myself who have no basic knowledge of New Testament Greek. Those who desire to have an explanation of the linguistics involved will not be disappointed since that matter is well presented. However, I've found the clarity of the basic commentary to be of great use and value.
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