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Mark - NICNT

William L. Lane
The Gospel of Mark - The New International Commentary on the New Testament
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William B. Eerdmans

. . . Mark is revealed as a theologian whose primary intention was the strengthening of the people of God in a time of fiery persecution by Nero.  Using redaction criticism as a hermeneutical approach for understanding the text and the intention of the evangelist, Lane considers the Gospel of Mark as a total literary work and describes Mark's creative role in shaping the Gospel tradition and in exercising a conscious theological purpose.  By taking care to indicate how the text was heard by Mark's contemporaries while also placing the study of Mark within the frame of reference offered by modern Gospel research, Lane has constructed a thorough-going work . . .