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The Date of Mark's Gospel Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity by James G. Crossley

The Date of Mark's Gospel Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity

Part of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement S. Series


The Date of Mark's Gospel Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity by James G. Crossley

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).


'...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

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

About the Author

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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Publication date

1st May 2004


James G. Crossley

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


262 pages




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