The Gospel of Mark: New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]
Great technical commentary
This commentary is just what it says it is: a commentary on the Greek text. If you are looking for a pastoral or devotional commentary. this is not for you. Recommended for students of New Testament Greek, or for pastors who are doing serious preparation for a sermon or Bible study.
July 26, 2013
In-depth, guided tour through Mark
R.T. FranceÃ¢ÂÂs commentary on Mark focuses on the Greek text, but IÃ¢ÂÂd recommend it to anyone interested in carefully working through the Gospel of Mark, regardless of Greek knowledge. France takes the utmost care to interpret the text, providing much relevant background and comparison with other Gospels. Even as he is exegeting a single word or phrase from one verse, he always has the whole contour of the book in mind. While he does not formally have an application section as such, the conclusions he draws from the text are such that the careful reader could easily come up with applications from FranceÃ¢ÂÂs insights.
FranceÃ¢ÂÂs work is technical, yet easy enough to read, especially for a commentary. Beyond its superb quality as a technical/academic commentary, it has even gone so far as to more deeply inspire me in my own view of Jesus and his ministry. ItÃ¢ÂÂs well worth the money to purchase this book, and well worth the effort to work oneÃ¢ÂÂs way through it.
Sadly, France just passed away in February. I was fortunate to be taking a class this past semester where this commentary was the primary textbook.
June 24, 2012
Very educativ,easy to read,suitable for beginners as well as
for advanced and professionals.
January 31, 2012
Like all of the commentaries in this series, France has provided us with a detailed study on this Gospel. The flow of the commentary is simple yet technical, so that even the layperson will be comfortable using it. France deals with most of the textual issues that are raised in Mark, especially the text of 15:39; but he fails to comment on Mark 16:9-20. He only gives a brief summary of the so-called missing verses. This is one of the best commentaries on Mark that is available today, and I recommend it to anybody wanting to get a better understanding on this book even if you already own the WBC and NICNT ones.
June 4, 2006