Mark has been at the center of debate about the nature of the Gospels and their relationships to one another. The history of Markan scholarship therefore offers a good overview of basic issues in the study of the Gospels. It also provides an orientation to different perspectives on the basic introductory questions: who wrote the Gospel, when, where, and why? This volume in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Series highlights Markan themes and makes numerous cross-references between related passages. The Gospel, moreover, remains one of the pillars of the Christian faith and tradition, one that is endlessly fascinating, inspiring, and pivotal for our understanding of Jesus.
R. Alan Culpepper holds degrees from Baylor University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Duke University. He is the founding dean of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to Mercer, Alan taught New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological seminary and at Baylor University. He has written extensively about the Gospels, and some of his works include The Johannine School; Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel; John the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend;and The Gospel and Letters of John. He is the New Testament general editor of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series.
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