The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity (The Library of New Testament Studies)

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This book argues that Mark's gospel was not written as late as c. 65-75 CE, but dates from sometime between the late 30s and early 40s CE. It challenges the use of the external evidence (such as Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria) often used for dating Mark, relying instead on internal evidence from the gospel itself. James Crossley also questions the view that Mark 13 reflects the Jewish war, arguing that there are other plausible historical settings.

Crossley argues that Mark's gospel takes for granted that Jesus fully observed biblical law and that Mark could only make such an assumption at a time when Christianity was largely law observant: and this could not have been later than the mid-40s, from which point on certain Jewish and gentile Christians were no longer observing some biblical laws (e.g. food, Sabbath).

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James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at University of Sheffield, UK. He is the author of Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century (London: Equinox, forthcoming 2008/9); Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50CE (Louisville: WJK, 2006); The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity (London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2004) and co-author, with M. F. Bird, of Two Views of Christian Origins: A Secular-Evangelical Debate London: SPCK, forthcoming 2008). He is co-edited (with Christian Karner) Writing History, Constructing Religion (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).

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“Crossley has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the many problems concerning the date of Mark.” –The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 2005 (Catholic Biblical Quarterly)

'...The author's critical examination of the individual arguments for dating Mark around 70 CE deserves serious consideration, and his treatment of early Christian attitudes toward the Torah often displays fascinating detective work...offers a good jolt out of scholarly complacency.' (Daniel J. Harrington Journal of Religion)

"The author, picking up a line of argument forwardedearlier by W. C. Allen and more recently by M. Casey, attempts nothing lessthan developing a new approach to date Mark's Gospel. Crossley has written aninteresting and provocative book. He clearly shows that the consensus datearound 70 C.E. is based on arguments of doubtful validity....Crossley's argumentsshould be taken seriously, and his book deserves to be read by all interestedin Mark's Gospel." — David du Toit, RBL,January 2006
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"The attempt to establish the likelihood of a very earlydate for Mark draws on historically conservative scholarship, but the case iscarefully argued. It is argued that Mark represents the Jesus tradition priorto the rapid expansion of the Gentile mission in the 40s. The book is wellplanned and well written." ­— John Painter, RBL,January 2006
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"Crossley offers interesting and potentially valuable discussion on the interpretation of the legal passages in the Synoptic Gospels" William R. Telford, Biblica Vol. 88 Fasc. 1, 2007 (William R. Telford)

'interesting and potentially valuable discussion on the interpretation of legal passages in the Synoptic Gospel' - William R. Telford, Biblica (William R. Telford)

"Crossley's thesis is tightly argued and convincing in many respects. His critique of the traditional means of dating Mark is particularly compelling, confirming the uncertainties of traditional arguments and the danger of insisting in a particular Sitz im Leben." —Mark Strauss, Bulletin for Biblical Research, 18.1 (Mark Strauss)

'...The author's critical examination of the individual arguments for dating Mark around 70 CE deserves serious consideration, and his treatment of early Christian attitudes toward the Torah often displays fascinating detective work...offers a good jolt out of scholarly complacency.' (Sanford Lakoff Journal of Religion)

“The author, picking up a line of argument forwardedearlier by W. C. Allen and more recently by M. Casey, attempts nothing lessthan developing a new approach to date Mark’s Gospel. Crossley has written aninteresting and provocative book. He clearly shows that the consensus datearound 70 C.E. is based on arguments of doubtful validity....Crossley’s argumentsshould be taken seriously, and his book deserves to be read by all interestedin Mark’s Gospel.” – David du Toit, RBL,January 2006
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“The attempt to establish the likelihood of a very earlydate for Mark draws on historically conservative scholarship, but the case iscarefully argued. It is argued that Mark represents the Jesus tradition priorto the rapid expansion of the Gentile mission in the 40s. The book is wellplanned and well written.” ­– John Painter, RBL,January 2006
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