Commentaries on the Gospel of Mark
Friday, July 18, 2008–God has blessed me with a couple of opportunities to preach in the past couple of weeks, and the Lord seems to have laid on my heart the Gospel of Mark, where I spent a few years preaching in my former ministry. I pulled most of my commentaries home from George’s office to help in the preparation of my sermons, so I thought, “I might as well put this list of resources on the blog.” So here is a list of most of my commentaries on Mark’s Gospel. This library is available to the members of Redeemer Church, Fort Worth.
Commentaries on the Gospel of Mark as of 7-30-2006
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, New Testament vol. II, Mark, Thomas C. Oden & Christopher A. Hall, editors. Intervarsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 1998 (281pp.). This is a series that every serious Bible student should think about adding to their library. When I study for a sermon I like to see what godly men from many different faith traditions and centuries have written about the text. ad fontes!
The Bible Speaks Today: the Message of Mark, Donald English. Inter- Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 1992 (254pp.). This wonderful series by InterVarsity has been a blessing to me for many years. While it is not necessarily a verse-by-verse commentary, it does give a good sense of each pericope, story or section. It seems to make the text come alive. A bit more than a devotional commentary, I highly recommend it.
The Daily Study Bible: the Gospel of Mark, revised ed., William Barclay. The Westminster Press: Philadelphia, PA. 1975 (373pp.). Barclay is an old favorite that I have pretty much outgrown. He gives excellent word pictures, stories and historical backgrounds but he does have some liberal streaks that are irritating.
Tyndale New Testament Commentaries: The Gospel According to St. Mark, Alan Cole. Wm. B. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI. 1961 (263pp.). Cole’s work is rock solid and is a good commentary for someone just beginning to build their library.
The New Century Bible Commentary: The Gospel of Mark, Hugh Anderson. Marshall, Morgan & Scott Publ. Ltd.: London, 1976 (366pp.). Not my cup of tea here, I rarely use the NCBC.
The Crossway Classic Commentaries: Mark, J.C. Ryle. Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill. 1993 (originally 1887), (271pp.). I love reading Ryle! This is a devotional commentary that give a preacher a quick boost.
New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According To Mark, William L. Lane. William B. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI. 1974 (652pp.). Here is the Cadillac of Mark commentaries, one of the two best. This is a must have for the preacher.
Commentary on Mark, J.D. Jones. (Originally published in London 1914). Kregel Publications: Grand Rapids, MI. 1992 (722pp.). Another good, older commentary that leans toward the devotional but has a bit more substance than JC Ryle.
The New American Commentary: Mark, James A. Brooks. Broadman Press: Nashville, TN. 1991 (288pp.). Good solid work here, very reliable and just enough detail. Quite helpful.
Preaching the Word: Mark, vol.1, R. Kent Hughes. Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill. I love Kent Hughes’ sermons and this series is a collection of his sermons on Mark.
Preaching the Word: Mark, vol.2, R. Kent Hughes. Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill. (249pp.).
The Broadman Bible Commentary, vol.8, Clifton J. Allen, ed. “Mark”, Henry E. Turlington. Broadman Press: Nashville, TN. 1969 (pp.254- 402). Good for understanding Baptist thought of 40 years ago, but I honestly do not use the BBC much.
The Four Gospels: A commentary, Critical, Experimental and Practical, David Brown (originally published with the Jamieson, Faucett, and Brown commentary in 1864 in Great Britain). Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, 1969 (pp.137-214). A classic but I struggle with its usefulness.
Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 34A, Mark 1:1-8:26, Robert A. Guelich. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN. A very thorough and solid work that I occasionally refer to. Probably every preacher ought to have the WBC.
Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 34B, Mark 8:27-16:20, Craig A. Evans. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN. 2001 (594pp.).
The NIV Application Commentary: Mark, David E. Garland. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 1996 (653pp.). Here is my favorite commentary on Mark. Garland’s work is a masterpiece. The whole series is probably my favorite series because they go deep but also are practical and devotional. I relied heavily on Garland for my studies. If you could only have ONE commentary on Mark- choose this one.
The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Mark, R.T. France. William B. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI. 2002 (719pp.). This one combined with the WBC is the best for Greek students and those who really want to go deep into the various critical theories and language.
Baker New Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Mark, William Hendriksen. Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, MI. 1975 (700pp.). Another old favorite, the NTC by Baker is reliable, conservative and inspirational as well as deep enough to touch on most of the important details.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, vol.8, Frank E. Gaebelein, ed. “Mark”, Walter W. Wessel. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 1984 (pp. 603- 796). Part of a good solid set on the whole Bible, but I actually seldom used this one.
Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible, 1 volume ed., Matthew Henry (1662-1714). Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 1961 (pp.1364- 1407). My very first commentary when I was 17-18. I still use Henry some, very devotional and challenging.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, Craig Keener. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 1993 (pp.132-184). An interesting specialized commentary that gives some good details others might miss.
Thru The Bible With J.Vernon McGee, vol.IV, J.Vernon McGee. Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN. 1983 (pp. 156-237). I really never use McGee.
The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol.1, Warren W. Wiersbe. Victor Books: Wheaton, Ill. 1989 (pp.109-168). I love Wiersbe’s writings and they make for a good devotional or a quick sermon outline for the bi-vocational pastor with not much time.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament edition, John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck. Victor Books: Wheaton, Ill. 1983 (pp.95- 198). Haven’t really used this one.
The Teacher’s Commentary, Lawrence O. Richards. Victor Books: Wheaton, Ill. 1987 (pp.600-636). Good outlines and devotional material but I seldom use him.