Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark Reviewed in JETS (Skinner)

Skinner.HaugeThe book I co-edited last fall with my friend, Matt Hauge, Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark, was reviewed by D. Keith Campbell in the most recent fascicle of Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Frankly, I was astonished to see such a positive assessment of the book. The review was one of the most glowing a book of mine has ever received. Campbell closes his review with these words:

[T]he contributors—all pacesetters in Markan narrative criticism—offer penetrating contributions to the field, contributions that NT narrative critics, who especially study characterization, will discuss for years to come. In essence, they accomplish what all researchers strive to accomplish; they advance their field, provide new methods for research, and open clear avenues for others to travel. What more could a monograph offer?

This is where I would normally encourage you to buy a copy but it costs $117!!! Let’s be honest for a second….who has that type of money? However, I am told that the paperback will be available for under $40 in just a few months. THEN you can go buy a copy. Our thanks to Dr. Campbell for both his positive assessment of the book and for his critical engagement with each chapter.

Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark Has Arrived! (Skinner)

Markan Character StudiesMy latest book, Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark (co-edited with Matt Hauge) has just arrived in my campus inbox! It looks great and I’m thankful for the staff at Bloomsbury /T &T Clark who worked so diligently to get the book out before the professional meeting season in late November. So ends another two-year journey of nurturing a book from a vague idea into a fully gestated creation. Working on this book was a great experience. Contributors include: Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Matthew Ryan Hauge, Ira Brent Driggers, Joel F. Williams, Elizabeth Shively, Paul L. Danove, Susan Miller, Adam Winn, Cornelis Bennema, and myself.

See the full table of contents here. Get your copy today! (Or….wait until AAR/SBL and buy one at a significantly reduced rate.)

New Book: The Turning Point in the Gospel of Mark (Skinner)

PICKWICK_TemplateAt the end of last week I received a package in the mail and I was thrilled to find inside a review copy of Gregg Morrison’s book, The Turning Point in the Gospel of Mark: A Study in Markan Christology (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014). Gregg and I were students at Catholic University between 2002 and 2007. During that time we sat in several seminars together and had the privilege (along with Kelly Iverson and Sherri Brown) of being Frank Moloney’s final doctoral students. Gregg is also a friend and I have been waiting for this book for some time. While I have not yet read the entire book, I remember the seminar paper that gave rise to the monograph and I’ve also heard Gregg give a paper on the subject. Gregg’s work is an engaging study in Markan Christology from a narrative perspective. Those interested in the Gospel of Mark need to put this one on the list!