English Commentaries on Mark

April 27, 2011

I have compiled a list of some of the English commentaries on Mark and, upon reading it, some might exclaim, “Of making many books there is no end.”  Nevertheless, readers may have a preference for a certain type of commentary.  Do you like the commentaries that provide a wealth of Greco-Roman and Jewish parallels (Collins, Marcus)?  Do you prefer the classic form critical treatments of Mark (Taylor, Nineham, Boring)?  Do you want a commentary that is more interdisciplinary and interacts with literary (Tolbert; van Iersel) or ideological approaches (Belo, Myers, Horsley)?  Or do you value a commentary that enthusiastically promotes a single thesis or reading of the Gospel (Gundry)?  Here is a list below of commentaries that readers might find useful either in the University, the Church, or in a small group Bible study.


Belo, F.  A Materialist Reading of the Gospel of Mark.  Maryknoll: Orbis, 1981.

Black, C. Clifton.  Mark.  Abingdon New Testament Commentaries.  Nashville: Abingdon, 2010.

Boring, M. Eugene.  Mark: A Commentary.  The New Testament Library.  Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, London, 2006.

Collins, Adela.  Mark: A Commentary.  Hermeneia; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.

Cranfield, C.E.B.  The Gospel According to St Mark.  The Cambridge Greek New Testament Commentary.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1959.

Donahue, John R. and Harrington, Daniel J.  The Gospel of Mark.  Sacra Pagina.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002.

France, R.T.  The Gospel of Mark.  New International Greek Testament Commentary.  Grand Rapids and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2002.

Guellich, Robert A.  Mark 1-8:26.  Dallas: Word, 1989.

Gundry, Robert H.  Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross. Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 1993.

Hurtado, Larry.  Mark.  New International Biblical Commentary.  Peabody, Massachusetts:  Hendrickson Publishers, 1989..

Hooker, Morna D.  The Gospel According to St. Mark.  Black’s New Testament Commentary. PeabodyMassachusetts: Hendrickson, 1991.

Juel, Donald H.  Mark.  Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament.  Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.

Lane, William L.  The Gospel According to Mark.  The New International Commentary on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974.

Maloney, Francis J.  The Gospel of Mark.  Peabody: Hendrickson, 2002.

Mann, C.S.  Mark.  Anchor Yale Bible.  New York: Doubleday, 1986.

Marcus, Joel.  Mark 1-8.  Anchor Yale Bible.  New York: Doubleday, 2000; Mark 8-16.  Anchor Yale Bible.  New York: Doubleday, 2009.

Myers, Ched.  Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus.  Maryknoll: Orbis, 1988.

Nineham, D.E.  The Gospel of St Mark.  The Pelican New Testament Commentaries.  Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1963.

Painter, John.  Mark’s Gospel.  London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

Rawlingson, A.E.J.  The Gospel According to St. Mark.  London: Methuen & Co., 1925

Schweizer, Eduard.  The Good News According to Mark.  Translated by Donald H. Madvig.  Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1970.

Stein, Robert H.  Mark.  Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

Taylor, Vincent.  The Gospel According to St. Mark. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1966.

Tolbert, Mary Ann.  Mark’s World in Literary Historical Perspective.  Minneapolis: Fortress, 1989.

van Iersel, Bas M.F.  Mark: A Reader-Response Commentary.  Translated by W. H. Bisscheroux.  Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

West, Jim.  Mark: For the Person in the Pew.  Quartz Hill:  Quartz Hill Publishing House, 2010. (this is specifically directed towards Christian laypersons and I posted a review at Jim West’s blog).

Williamson Jr., Lamar.  Mark.  Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: John Knox, 1983.

Witherington, Ben.  The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

Wright, N.T.  Mark for Everyone.  London: SPCK, 2001.