Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark

Marcus J. Borg

Jul/2009, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819223395



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Most Christians are familiar with the story told in Mark’s gospel-- from the fishermen leaving their nets, to the miracle of the loaves and fishes, to the political rumblings and the crucifixion. But no one knows who “Mark” really was or why this gospel was written or why it’s charged with such a sense of immediacy. For noted Jesus scholar Marcus Borg, reading Mark is like “meeting Jesus again for the first time.” Individual readers and parish study groups will learn about this earliest gospel from the perspective of an important Anglican theologian.

Conversations with Scripture is the umbrella title of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series. Written in accessible language and sensitive to those who have little or no experience in reading the Bible, each book in the series focuses on exploring the historical and critical background, plus modern application of the texts. Other books in the series focus on the Gospel of John, Revelation, the Law, the Parables, and 2 Isaiah.

From the Introduction:

“In thousands of congregations…this emerging way has been a means of revitalizing and deepening Christian understanding and commitment. It is a way that integrates faith and reason, head and heart, intellect, experience, and yearning. For me, it has made all the difference. This book is a small contribution to this process of adult theological re-education.” 

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MARCUS J. BORG (1942-2015) is internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University and Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. The author of nineteen books, Borg also co-authored three books with John Dominic Crossan. Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he was a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

“Borg reminds us that the gift of Mark’s Gospel comes from the revelation of its meaning rather than from the literal translation of its text. Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark is a must-read for those who long to understand more fully the Kingdom of God and the person of Jesus as Son of God.” — John Bryson Chane, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C.

“Marcus Borg guides readers through Mark’s Gospel with wisdom and insight. Borg's perceptive literary, historical, and theological observations accompany readers on their path through the Gospel.  Laypersons and religious professionals alike will appreciate this accessible, engaging journey through Mark.” —Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary

“Famed scholar Marcus Borg takes seriously the title of the series as he engages readers in interactive conversation about the Gospel of Mark. Borg offers his own interpretation of the text, at times profound and always provocative, inviting readers to consider their own interpretation along the way.” —C. K. Robertson, New Testament scholar and Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church  

“With the cogent clarity of a crackerjack investigative reporter, Marcus Borg gives us the scoop on Mark, and ‘The Way’ of Jesus becomes—again, for the first time—a compelling journey of transformation for all seekers who dare follow.” —Anne Howard, author of Claiming the Beatitudes: Nine Stories from a New Generation and Executive Director, The Beatitudes Society

"Many know Marcus Borg as a brilliant scholar, which he is. But he has a pastoral side as well. I've stood with Marcus after his lectures and watched as person after person  comes up to say, "I lost my faith, but your books have helped me get it back," or "I wouldn't be in the church today if I hadn't come across your books," or "Your work has helped me stay a Christian." In this highly readable book on Mark, you'll experience that pastoral side as he brings his scholarship to the aid of Christians and seekers alike. If you want to get to the heart of Jesus' message and the way of life into which that message invites us, you'll find help here." — Brian McLaren, author/activist (

"The biggest mysteries of the Bible are the ones of the men behind the pens. Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark investigates the gospel of Mark, one of the most crucial books of the Bible and how it came to be. With much historical sources, Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark seeks to understand Mark, and through that, gain a greater understanding of the Bible."— the Midwest Book Review    


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