The First Commentary on Mark: An Annotated Translation

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PREFACE

IT WAS A TURNING POINT in my life when, in 1988, I read Bernhard Bischoff "Turning-Points in the History of Latin Exegesis in the Early Middle Ages." I was intrigued by what he had to say about a pseudo-Jerome Markan commentary. When I then read this Markan commentary in Migne's PL edition, my first thought was to provide an English translation. My initial attempt made it clear that a critical edition of the Latin text was a necessary first step. Years later, when I had completed this, I determined to provide an annotated English translation of what I had come to recognize as the first Markan commentary. In a sense, then, I am back where I started.

The introductory essay attempts to situate the Markan commentary in its English translation. A full introduction is to be found, properly, in the edition of the Latin text. To this, the reader is referred for a comprehensive and detailed discussion of the issues connected with the text. In the introduction, I have confined my remarks to what needs to be said to facilitate an intelligent reading of the text in English. Some key issues remain unresolved, and I have concentrated on what can be definitely said. The controversial matters can be pursued with the help of the notes and bibliography.

I have learned to live with the frustration of being unable to be more definite in regard to authorship and provenance. I frankly admit to being cautious in the use of conjecture. I see no point in resorting to a process of cumulative hypothesis. It is my hope that the appearance of the text in a new critical edition and in English translation will contribute to eventual certainty in these matters.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Note: xiv
  • Introduction 3
  • Prologue 19
  • Chapter I 25
  • Chapter 2 41
  • Chapter 3 43
  • Chapter 4 49
  • Chapter 5 55
  • Chapter 6 59
  • Chapter 7 63
  • Chapter 8 69
  • Chapter 9 73
  • Chapter 10 79
  • Chapter 11 83
  • Chapter 12 89
  • Chapter 13 95
  • Chapter 14 99
  • Chapter 15 115
  • Chapter 16 127
  • Epilogue 133
  • Appendix an Interpolated Homily 135
  • Bibliography 139
  • Index of Biblical Texts 147
  • Select Index to Annotations 153
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