Monday, December 03, 2007

Adela Yarbro Collins on Mark

I am a little late on this one but as I gradually work through the backlog, it's one not to miss:
Fortress Press Releases Hermeneia Volume on Mark

Minneapolis (November 13, 2007)—In the newly released Hermeneia Volume Mark: A Commentary, Professor Adela Yarbro Collins brings to bear on the text of the first Gospel the latest historical-critical perspectives, providing a full treatment of such controversial issues as the relationship of canonical Mark to the “Secret Gospel of Mark” and the text of the Gospel, including its longer endings.

She situates the Gospel, with its enigmatic portrait of the misunderstood Messiah, in the context of Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the first century. Her comments draw on her profound knowledge of apocalyptic literature as well as on the traditions of popular biography in the Greco-Roman world to illuminate the overall literary form of the Gospel.

The commentary also introduces an impressive store of data on the language and style of Mark, illustrated from papyrological and epigraphical sources. Collins is in constructive dialogue with the wide range of scholarship on Mark that has been produced in the twentieth century. Her work will be foundational for Markan scholarship in the first half of the twenty-first century.

“Adela Yarbro Collins’s remarkably learned and thorough introduction to and exposition of Mark’s Gospel deserves a prominent place in every serious theological library. It provides us solid information not only about Markan studies but also about the Jewish and Greco-Roman world in which that Gospel took shape. It is a great achievement, the product of many years of dedicated research.”

—Daniel J. Harrington, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

“Adela Collins’s long-awaited commentary on the Gospel of Mark fulfills and even surpasses the highest expectations. It demonstrates the scholarly expertise and sound critical judgment we have come to expect from this expert on Jewish apocalyptic and Greco-Roman literary culture. This book will now be the definitive resource for historical-critical reading of the Gospel of Mark.”

—Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School


Adela Yarbro Collins is Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. She has written numerous books on ancient Judaism and Christianity.


Harold W. Attridge is Dean of Yale Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. His books include Hebrews in the Hermeneia series (1989, 978-0-8006-6021-5).

Mark: A Commentary, Hermeneia series

By Adela Yarbro Collins

Edited by Harold W. Attridge

Item No: 978-0-8006-6078-9

Format: Hardcover with jacket, 800 pages, 7.25 x 9.25 inches

Price: $80.00

To order Mark: A Commentary please call Fortress Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the Web site at

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