Joel Marcus

Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
217 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3562
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B.A., New York University
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D, Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary, New York

Joel Marcus teaches New Testament with an emphasis on the Gospels and the context of early Christianity within Judaism. His publications include two monographs on Mark, a two-volume commentary on the same Gospel in the Anchor Bible series (Doubleday, 2000, 2009), and several articles about the parting of the ways between Judaism and the Christianity of the first three centuries of the Christian era. He is currently writing a monograph on John the Baptist.



  • The Mystery of the Kingdom of God. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 90
  • The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis in the Gospel of Mark.
    View the online version.
  • Jesus and the Holocaust: Reflections on Suffering and Hope
  • "Mark 1-8. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." (Anchor Bible 27; New York: Doubleday; vol. 1: 2000).


  • "Son of Man as Son of Adam." Appearing in two parts in Revue Biblique, volume 110 (2003).
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Resurrection Narratives in the Gospels
  • Judaism and Christianity: Ancient Roots and Modern Perspectives




  • William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  • Gershom Scholem, The Messianic Idea in Judaism and Other Essays
  • J. Louis Martyn, Theological Issues in the Letters of Paul
  • Justin Meggitt, Paul, Poverty, and Survival
  • Martha Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire
  • Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death