"Few commentaries on Mark provide so rich a knowledge of the first-century cultural background as Prof. Hartman's. By extensive use of contemporary literature, he helps us to experience the text the way Mark's first readers did. Here is first-rank scholarship that provides a mine of information, but without the baggage of a heavy scholarly apparatus. The erudite Hartman has produced an outstanding commentary that exhibits both an unusually perceptive analysis and the wisdom of a masterful veteran scholar."
--Donald A. Hagner
Fuller Theological Seminary
"This book is a masterpiece. It maintains a very clear profile all through with precision and elegance. It is not too long or cluttered with superfluous learning. Nor is it too short so as to leave the many riches of the Markan text unexplored. Instead, it maintains a wonderful balance that will genuinely help its reader to get deeply into another masterpiece: the Gospel of Mark itself. This is vintage Hartman at the height of his powers."
University of Copenhagen
"It is a unique privilege to read the Gospel of Mark with Prof. Lars Hartman as a guide. His excellent commentary combines keen erudition in philological and historical matters with a cogent and lively narrative-critical reading of the first gospel. This is a virtuoso performance by a major scholar, which not only gives a compelling and informative interpretation of Mark's Gospel, but also opens up a vital conversation about the tasks and goals of New Testament commentary. Not to be missed!"
--Margaret M. Mitchell
University of Chicago Divinity School