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.