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Mark 8:27 - 16:20 - Concordia Commentary

by Voelz, James ;  Mitchell, Christopher

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This second and final commentary on the Gospel of Mark, covering verses 8:27–16:20, details the revelation of who the Christ is, the fate of the revealed Christ played out, His appearances to His disciples, the sending of the apostles, and Christ’s ascension.

Special attention is given to the ending of Mark’s Gospel. The early church father Eusebius, who was tasked by Emperor Constantine with assembling copies of the Sacred Scriptures for the new churches in Constantinople in the early fourth century AD, offers strong evidence that up until that time the majority of New Testament manuscripts ended with the statement regarding the women “for they were afraid,” i.e., at 16:8. But the so-called “long ending,” what we know as 16:9–20, was known to him, and in subsequent centuries it achieved total dominance as the conclusion to the Second Gospel, thus appearing in the English text of the KJV. To respect this longstanding tradition, the editors have concluded this volume with textual notes and commentary on these final twelve verses.

About the Author

James W. Voelz is professor of exegetical theology (New Testament) at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., where he has taught since 1989. Previously he taught at Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Ill./Fort Wayne, Ind. (1975–1989), and served as pastoral assistant at Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne (1984–1988).

Dr. Voelz is a graduate of Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wis. (A.A., 1965), Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne (B.A. in classics, 1967), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1971). He earned his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Cambridge University, England (1978). He has done post-doctoral study with Bo Reicke (1982) and George B. Caird (1983). He is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), the international NT society, in which he has been co-chair of seminars for over twenty years, including "The Greek of the New Testament." He has presented numerous papers at the SNTS and at the Society of Biblical Literature, in which he is also on the steering committee of the Mark Section. His Fundamental Greek Grammar has been published by Concordia Publishing House since 1986, and his hermeneutics textbook, What Does This Mean? Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Post-Modern World, since 1995. His essay "The Language of the New Testament" in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt (1984) is a standard in the field. Dr. Voelz has lectured widely throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at conferences for pastors and laity alike.

Jim and Judy (née Hayes) have been married since April 2, 1977, and have one son, Jonathan.

Endorsements

"James Voelz's concentration on the distinctiveness and precision of Mark's language and style distinguishes this learned and readable commentary from others on the market. The clarity of his articulate expositions, the abundance of helpful examples given and the alertness to contrary views testify to the book's origins in decades of inspiring teaching. Now a world-wide readership is able to participate in this meticulous analysis of Mark's Gospel."
—J. Keith Elliott
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism, The University of Leeds, UK

"Voelz brings to his task years of engagement with the Gospel of Mark, an enthusiasm for exegesis, a particular focus on linguistic matters, and a scholarly voice of his own.  This weighty commentary will repay consulting it."
—L. W. Hurtado
University of Edinburgh

"This is a first: a commentary whose primary focus is the significance of the syntax and structure of the Greek text. Insightful, at times helpfully provocative, and always stimulating, this volume is guaranteed a spot within easy reach on my shelf. A must for all serious students and readers of Mark."
—Rikk Watts
 Regent College, Vancouver

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