First post: Beginning at the Beginning of the Gospel According to Mark

This is the first post of my new blog, the Gospel of Mark. This blog has the domain name of

I am putting together this blog to enter into conversation with others about the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament.  I am developing a continuing education course on Mark which I hope to offer, starting in August 2011.

This blog will focus on all the issues involved in the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark.  Of particular interest to me are modern commentaries, starting with the commentaries of Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, and continuing with those of Henry Barclay Swete, Ernst Lohmeyer, and Vincent Taylor.  I do practice several of the methods of historical criticism.

I’m also fascinated by what scholars in the early church said about St. Mark and the Gospel According to Mark, but that won’t be the main focus of this blog.

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  1. I’m looking forward to reading all the comments from people who know so much about this. In the meantime, I’m going to do a little reading myself so maybe I’ll know what you all are talking about!

    1. A great way to start would be to read Mark yourself in one or two sittings. Do patterns suggest themselves to you? What is Mark suggesting about the disciples? Do they ever “get it”? How does reading Mark impact your umderstanding of being a Christian?

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