Mark

Headline for Best Bible Commentaries on Mark

Mark is the second book of the New Testament and one of the four gospels. Authorship is traditionally attributed to John Mark, companion of Peter. Mark's gospels begins with Jesus’ public ministry and concludes with his death and resurrection. Mark’s purpose is largely evangelistic as he writes to present Jesus’ as God's Servant evidenced by his miracles. Commentaries on Mark often address the theme of Jesus as a servant, his miracles, the resistance he encountered, as well as his death and resurrection.

Mark (PNTC) by James R. Edwards

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  • D. A. Carson: "best buy" on Mark; "the fruit of his years of work on this Gospel"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Mark
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful and clear exposition for pastors"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 commentary on Mark; "[Edwards'] emphasis on the theology of Mark is especially helpful"

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Mark (NICNT) by William L. Lane

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "highly recommended for the pastor and scholar"
  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Mark
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Mark; "Lane’s commentary on the Gospel of Mark remains a model of clarity"

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Mark (NIVAC) by David E. Garland

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  • D. A. Carson: "best buys" on Mark
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "very helpful exposition"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Mark

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Mark (NIGTC) by R. T. France

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  • D. A. Carson: "best buy" on Mark; "remarkably accessible and includes a healthy mix of history, theology, social context, even warmth"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "the most accessible Greek text treatment for pastors"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 commentary on Mark; "France has not only written the best commentary on [Matthew], he has also written the best commentary on [Mark]"

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Mark (BECNT) by Robert H. Stein

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Mark
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "very helpful exegesis of the Greek text"

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Mark (ZECNT) by Mark L. Strauss

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Mark

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Mark (three volumes; WBC) by Robert Guelich

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "for technical research"

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Mark (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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Mark (Teach the Text) by Grant R. Osborne

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The Gospel of Mark (SRC) by Ben Witherington III

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  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Mark, "This commentary on the Gospel of Mark is one of [Witherington's] best"

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Mark (NCBC) by Darrell L. Bock

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Mark

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Mark (two volumes) by Robert H. Gundry

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, for "technical research"

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Mark (For Everyone) by N. T. Wright

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Mark (TNTC) by R. Alan Cole

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  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Mark, "high level of quality"

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Mark (St. Andrews) by R. C. Sproul

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Mark (BNTC) by Morna Hooker

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "accessible to pastors"

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Mark (NAC) by James A. Brooks

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Mark (Interpretation) by Lamar Williamson Jr.

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Mark (two volumes; MNTC) by John MacArthur Jr.

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