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New Collegeville Bible Commentary: The Gospel According to Mark

Volume 2

Marie Noonan Sabin

New Collegeville Bible Commentary: The Gospel According to Mark
New Collegeville Bible Commentary: The Gospel According to Mark

ISBN: 9780814628614, 2861

Details: 160 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 12/01/2005

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New Collegeville Bible Commentary
The Gospel According to Mark
Volume 2

The absence of stories of Jesus' birth and infancy, a minimum of Jesus' parables and a resurrection scene without sight or sound of the risen Jesus have tempted readers to shortchange Mark's Gospel. Thanks to the insightful analysis and inspiring reflections of Marie Noonan Sabin, anyone studying this premier Gospel with her guidance will recognize the genius of the original author.

Sabin asserts that Mark's Gospel is not an eyewitness account or a work of biography or history. She writes, "What Mark gives us is far richer. He interprets Jesus in the light of the Hebrew Bible, showing Jesus to be not only a teacher of Wisdom but Wisdom itself, calling his followers to an unconventional wisdom, a way of living (and a way of dying) that he himself exemplifies."

The cover of this commentary from The Saint John's Bible highlights Sabin's thesis that the transfiguration of Jesus is pivotal to the Gospel: "The scene [9:2-8] overshadows both parts of the Gospel, emphasizing God's creative, transforming, transfiguring power to restore life."

Sabin gives special attention to Mark's key words and phrases (e.g., "release," "rise up" or "be raised," "straightway," and "ecstasy") and his pattern of twos and threes. Especially helpful are the summaries at the end of each chapter. Here is a commentary that will restore Mark's prime place among the other two Synoptic Gospels.

Marie Noonan Sabin, Ph.D., has taught the Gospel of Mark at Bangor Theological Seminary; an earlier book on Mark, Reopening the Word, was published by Oxford University Press in 2002.

 Also available with Little Rock Scripture Study Set: The Gospel According to Mark


This short sample is typical of Sabin's ability to bring readers along, leading us to a fuller understanding and appreciation of familiar bible stories and connecting them to one another and to the Old Testament.
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Marie Noonan Sabin's description of the Markan narrative is likewise applicable to her fine commentary: "Rich in Scripture, theological in purpose, and brilliant in design, Mark's Gospel (and Sabin's commentary) invites its readers to become followers of Jesus' transfiguring wisdom."
Gregg S. Morrison, Simpson University, Redding, California