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August 19, 2013

I have been alerted to a limited-time freebee for users/owners of the Logos Bible software:  They’re making available a free e-copy of my commentary on Mark.  Here’s the offer (their wording):

Until the end of the day, Tuesday August 20 you can get the Understanding the Bible Commentary: Mark, absolutely free! The Understanding the Bible Commentary: Mark transports modern readers back to the days of Mark’s original audience and helps us understand and apply his unique writings.

     Normally this commentary would cost you $14.95, but with coupon code 500K you can get it free!

Go to the special URL here and use coupon code 500K and you’ll get this respected commentary without spending a cent.

(And here endeth the commercial.)


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  1. A question for all NT scholars on this blog:
    I wonder after 200 years of NT studies, is there nothing new to say? In other words, it’s been studied to death and you either come down on a believers side or a non-believers side.
    Unless some new dramatic evidence tilts the scale one way or another, there’s nothing new to say.
    Your thoughts?

    • Dear sir/madam/ms (please identify yourself on this site): There is much more involved than simply deciding whether you are or are not a believer! There are Jewish NT scholars, non-religious-at-all NT scholars, believer-NT scholars, Marxist NT scholars. But more importantly, the NT writings (and other early Christian texts) are massively important historical sources for all sorts of matters about early Christianity and the larger religious/historical environment. So, both as “scripture” (for Christians) and as historical texts, the NT (and the study thereof) remain exceptionally important and demanding.

      • Hi Larry, my name is Byron, from Toronto Canada.
        About it being about belief or not. Fair comment.

        My concern is that NT scholars are just chasing our tails, that is, there’s little new “important” information that can be gleaned from the documents. Hence, the number of repetitive books put out. I understand it’s a university employed scholars role to publish a new groundbreaking study, but has there been a truly groundbreaking study since the 1990s, I mean, that has changed the way the public sees Christianity? We, in the public, get announcements on the Gospel of Jesus’ wife, Jesus the Zealot and other sensationalist claims that turn out to be nothing new nor conclusive and doesn’t change anything about Christianity and except bolster those who hate Christianty and Christians. Hence Erhmann’s popularity with athiests and Muslims.

        Perhaps you scholars should turn your attention to the Quran, it’s in much more need of criticism. Why are so few looking at it as an historical document? Scholars have no problem looking at the Bible to death, and offending whomever they like in the process. So brave of them.

        Why not criticise the Quran?

      • Byron,
        See my posting today for some response to your claim that NT studies is effectively moribund. As to your other question about the study of the Qur’an, a few comments here.
        To engage the Qur’an with the same competence that is brought to the study of the NT would require one to acquire a corresponding body of expertise, e.g., in Arabic, in the historical setting of Muhammad, in the history of investigation of the Qur’an, in the textual transmission of it, etc. It’s not realistic to ask NT scholars to hop over across the fence. That’s what’s known as dilettantism.
        There is, in fact, a new academic society devoted to the critical/scholarly study of the Qur’an. For the press release see here. And there are conferences and publications now streaming out devoted to this.
        For some traditional forms of Islam, this may seem threatening, in so far as the Qur’an regarded as a miracle and not a historical product. But the scholarly study of the Qur’an will proceed.

  2. CJ Tan permalink

    A very valuable gift – thanks Dr Larry!

  3. jean permalink

    Thank you Larry. I am a subscriber to your blog and consistent reader. This is my first comment, and it is one of thanks for making your commentary available. I look forward to reading this.

  4. Thanks for letting us know, Larry! I remember a student giving me this commentary in the ’80s, back when it was part of the Good News Commentary series.

    I have just downloaded it, and I’m pleased to have it as a part of my Logos library. It will be good to revisit it 30 years after its publication.

    So, what do you think when you look at it again?

    Thanks again.

    Peace to you,

    • I’ve modified my views on a few passages, especially on the way to understand the final scene (16:1-8) in the context of the larger narrative. See my essay, “The Women, the Tomb, and the Ending of Mark,” in A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, eds. Zuleika Rodgers & Margaret Daly-Denton (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 427-50. (The pre-publication version is on this blog site under the “Selected Essays” tab.)

  5. Lorenzo permalink

    Great opportunity, thank you!! For all who are not registered users at “”: in order to download the free book you have to register and provide your Credit Card account information. Regards,

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