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The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

by Ben Witherington III

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I have yet to read a commentary by Witherington that wasn't simple amazing in terms of breadth, insight, and just plain exegetical common sense. When I choose to purchase a commentary for the New Testament, Witherington is always a no brainer. So it goes without saying that his commentary on Mark is excellent. Where he really excels is in his knowledge of ancient rhetoric. This is the unique thing about Witherington and it always provides an angle on the text that others often miss. All in all, just a good commentary! ( )
  adamtarn | May 21, 2009 |
Very readable commentary, though not really comprehensive. So far so good. ( )
  Phil76 | Mar 25, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802845037, Paperback)

This superb commentary offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel. Witheringtons work provides us with a fascinating view of how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish auidence - and what this presentation of Jesus still holds for Christians today.

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This book offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel. Written when the fledging Christian faith was experiencing a major crisis during the Jewish war, Mark provides us with the first window on how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish audience. According to Witherington, the structure of Mark demonstrates that this Gospel is biographically focused on the identity of Jesus and the importance of knowing who he is--the Christ, the Son of God. This finding reveals that Christology stood at the heart of the earliest Christians' faith. It also shows how important it was to these earliest Christians to persuade others about the nature of Jesus, both as a historical figure and as the Savior of the world.

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