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The Gospel according to Mark: The English Text With Introduction, Exposition, and Notes (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) [Kindle Edition]

William L. Lane

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-- Reformed Theological Review"The exposition is full and perceptive and never loses sight of the objective of bringing the whole thrust of Mark's Gospel to the attention of the reader."-- Restoration Quarterly"From the opening sentence this commentary is clear, creative, well-written, and extremely well informed. . . . All in all, a great commentary."-- Choice"A fine example of the best conservative Biblical scholarship."-- Themelios"The commentary is marked by a freshness of approach, while retaining a devout faithfulness to the text."

About the Author

William L. Lane (1931-1999) was the Paul T. Walls Chair in Wesleyan and Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8457 KB
  • Print Length: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (30 Nov. 1974)
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  • Language: English
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly scholarly and readable 15 Nov. 2004
By Matthew Gunia - Published on
William Lane, professor of Biblical Studies as Seattle Pacific University, has written a highly readable yet very scholarly commentary on Mark's gospel for the New International Commentary on the New Testament Series. Lane does an excellent job analyzing the structure and themes within Mark, explaning parables from different angles (as well as understanding one parable through the other parables), and commenting on other aspects of ancient Roman and Jewish life.

This reader also appreciates the conservative approach to Lane's commentary. With so many authors attempting scholarly acrobatics to learn about the "Markan community" or practice source criticism, it is refreshing to read a scholarly commentary that holds a traditional view--Mark from the book of Acts wrote this Gospel based almost exclusively on the teachings of Peter. While many reviewers herald this "new and exciting" method of interpreting Mark, there is actually little "new" about it--the traditional conservative view of Mark that the church has always held is the view proposed by Lane.

Although an excellent work, this author does have one criticism concerning the ending of Mark. While Lane is with the majority of scholars in looking down their noses at Mark 16:9ff, Lane dismisses these verses as "unoriginal" without much of a discussion. Without even reprinting the text, he criticizes those who hold to the originality of these verses as unscholarly and speculative. A fuller argument for his premature ending, a more detailed explanation of the function of this abrupt "literary device" and a short commentary on Mark 16:9ff would have been greatly appreciated by this reader, especially in the light that Lane seemingl treats the ridiculous Freer Logion as sacred writing.

In all, this book is a great, mentally provocative treatment of Mark's Gospel that simply fell apart at the end. Highly recommended!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated, But Still Worth the Effort to Read 3 April 2007
By John D. White - Published on
Scholarship has moved on since this commentary was published. However, do not rush to newer, fancier looking commentaries--quite yet. William Lane has much to teach in this commentary and it is still worth the effort to carefully work through his reflections on Mark's gospel. I have used this commentary regularly in the years that I have been preparing sermons on the gospel of Mark and it has been a trusted and trustworthy companion. This is one of those books that the pastor could purchase and use with benefit to the congregation. I only wish it could be updated a bit.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help 25 Dec. 2007
By Scott Uselman - Published on
This book actually did more than just interpret passages for me. I actually learned how to look at Scripture properly. I also learned a lot about Jesus, even though I thought I knew a lot about Him already, and the Kingdom. Most commentaries do not cause you to think and chew on passages, but this one did. These commentaries are so far above most of the others in insight and exegesis. Great insight into why Jesus cursed the fig tree. Well done.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A commentary with depth and clarity 30 Oct. 2013
By Doug Erlandson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Perhaps because it is the shortest of the four Gospels, for whatever reason the Gospel of Mark has engendered fewer landmark commentaries than have the writings of the other three Evangelists. Therefore, it is good that there exists a commentary like the one written by William L. Lane nearly 40 years ago (1974) for the NICNT series.

Lane's commentary is sufficiently detailed that the New Testament scholar can benefit from it, since it examines each passage in the gospel in depth. At the same time it is clearly enough written that the layperson who does not have a background in NT studies can easily understand Lane's commentary on a particular passage. More technical issues, particularly those that relate to issues within the Greek text, are consigned to footnotes, so that those interested in such matters can read them while those not so inclined can skip over these issues.

The introductory material is also worth reading. Lane does a good job of arguing in favor of the Marcan authorship of this gospel and answering the critics of this position. He also accepts a fairly early date for Mark (somewhere between 60 and 70 A.D.), which he argues for extensively. The one thing I would have liked to have seen Lane expand on in the introductory material is his belief in the temporal priority of Mark's Gospel (which he states on page 1). Although he clearly accepts the view that Mark wrote first and that Matthew and Luke independently of each other used Mark in writing their own gospels, he does not do much to establish this view against the critics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark's Gospel In Exposition 21 July 2012
By Murrough Mc Bride - Published on
The late William L. Lane in 1974 produced a classic Commentary on Mark in which he posited various solutions to the problems of this Gospel in a brief synopsis that set out his thinking consisting of a 38 page long introduction that fed into the theory that Mark is a 'witness document'and that the proponents of redaction critism sometimes assumed as in form criticism that a literary construct was a primary source for the situation in life in which it arose. Mark's Gospel in outline is kerygmatic providing a link that encompasses
Petrine/apostolic preaching. In the following 573 pages he gave an exposition of the text of this Gospel, commenting with trenchant labour on the
verses that had relevance to the structure of his programic arguments.
He brings in Rabbinic, Apocryphal and patristic material to bridge his theories
and manages quite sucessfully,although when he makes the Freer Logion(the saying added to the text of Mark 16.14 in a 5th century codex), and Acts 3:19-21 as independent witnesses to eschatological hopes in a primitive Palestinian Church, he steps beyond the facts to his own isolated position.
Having been a friend of Bill Lane and having had the privilege to sit in on one
of his lectures when he was Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, in 1971,I am at the very least qualified to give an appraisal of his theological perspective.
While he was an evangelical in the most comfortable of zones,he was always open to other scholars such as Willi Marxsen and Rudolph Bultmann when he compared their views with his own, especially on Markan tradition.
Although his book is dated, being almost 40 years old, it is infused with an Evangelical scholarship that is more centrist in that it does not lightly
dismiss modernity, but allows the reader to depart or stay on course with him
in copious footnotes that cite other authorities.
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