Mark Strauss, as far as I can tell, seems to be seems to be a fairly new on the block. He’s done some work before this commentary, most of which has come out in the last 5 or 6 years (Four Portraits, One Jesus, How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth, Remarriage after Divorce in Today’s Church).

Strauss divides Mark into two main divisions*:

  1. The Mighty Messiah and Son of God [1.1-8.30]
  2. The Suffering Servant of the Lord [8.31-16.8*]

Some of Strauss’ views are:

  • advocates for Markanpriority (the first gospel to be written)
  • uses various methodologies to illuminate the text for us
    • historical-critical
    • social-scientific
    • narrative-criticism)
  • and says that “Mark appears to have been the first to produce a connected narrative of the public ministry of Jesus” (p 27).

He agrees with the traditional approaches that say

  • the author is…

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