My interest in the Gospel of Mark began when in 1972 I embarked on doctoral work at Cambridge (England) under the expert supervision of Dr Ernst Bammel, whose recent death has brought great sadness to all those who knew him and benefited from his immense erudition and scholarship. My fascination with the Gospel has further developed during my time of teaching and research in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle. My thanks, in the first instance, therefore, go to those students of mine whose diligence and enthusiasm has always made the business of teaching such a pleasant and stimulating one for me. This book was written over a period of two years, and for the most part in a number of concentrated sessions spent in Cambridge and in Ha-warden. I should also like to thank, therefore, the Staff of the Cambridge University Library (that venerable institution within whose redoubtable walls I have spent so many productive hours!), the Bursar and Staff of Westcott House, Cambridge, and the Trustees, Warden, and Staff of St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden (this unique institution which offers such a welcome and such a service to all those engaged in the pursuit of what Gladstone himself described as 'divine learning'). All of these have given me in my limited periods of research the facilities and the incentive to finish the book. Particular thanks go to the Trustees of St Deiniol's for awarding me a Murray McGregor Fellowship, and to Dr Peter Jagger, and his worthy successor as Warden, Revd Peter Francis, for their friendship and encouragement. For making it possible for me to have a period of study leave, my appreciation goes to my colleagues at
Newcastle, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and the University Research Committee, and for general encouragement as well as helpful advice, thanks are due to my colleagues in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) and at the British New Testament Conference. A particular word of thanks should be given to Professor Jimmy Dunn, the Editor of this series, for his infinite patience. This quality was also exhibited in no small measure by my loving wife, Andrena, whose enduring forbearance and cheerfulness have been a constant source of strength.
BETL Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum
Lovaniensium BJRL Bulletin of the John Rylands Library BTB Biblical Theology Bulletin
BZNW Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche
Wissenschaft und die Kunde der ülteren Kirche CBQ Catholic Biblical Quarterly DBI The Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, eds. R. J.
Collins, J. L. Houlden (London: SCM Press; Philadelphia, PA: Trinity Press International, 1990) ETL Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
EvTh Evangelische Theologie ExpT Expository Times
IDB The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, ed. G. A.
Buttrick (New York and Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1962)
IDB(S) The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Supplementary Volume, ed. K. Crim (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1976) Int Interpretation
JAAR Journal of the American Academy of Religion
JBL Journal of Biblical Literature
JR Journal of Religion
JTSouthAfr Journal of Theology for South Africa
JSNT Journalfor the Study of the New Testament
JSNTSS Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Supplement Series JTS Journal of Theological Studies
List of abbreviations
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