History of the Interpretation of the Gospel of Mark. Volume One

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This two-volume work examines the entire history of the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark. In this first volume, the author presents the history of the Gospel’s interpretation from the time of its composition through the nineteenth century. The second volume covers history of interpretation during the twentieth century.


“This book is a masterpiece of erudition and thoroughness.” – Donald Senior, C.P., President and Professor of New Testament, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

“Another astonishing scholarly achievement by Sean Kealy. To have gathered in one place so much material pertaining to the history of the interpretation of Mark’s Gospel is a great service for exegetes, historians, and theologians.” – Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA

“In 1982, then a missionary in Nairobi, Africa, Sean Kealy published his pioneering work Mark’s Gospel, A History of its Interpretation. He has since then returned to Mark in essays and in books. He has been fascinated with this gospel. ... This is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of Mark’s Gospel and of the history of its interpretation over two thousand years.” – Martin McNamara, M.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Sacred Scripture, The Milltown Institute of Theology, Dublin, Ireland

Table of Contents

Preface: My Journey with Mark’s Gospel
1 The First Six Centuries
2 The Middle Ages
3 The Eleventh to the Fifteenth Centuries
4 The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: The Renaissance and Counter/Reformation
5 The Seventeenth Century
6 The Eighteenth Century
7 The Nineteenth Century

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