Joel Marcus

Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins

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217 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


B.A., New York University
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D, Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary, New York

Joel Marcus taught 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, and a forthcoming monograph on John the Baptist. He is currently working on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the first three Christian centuries.



  • 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

Selected Publications

  • The Mystery of the Kingdom of God. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 90, 1986.
  • The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis in the Gospel of Mark. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992).
  • Jesus and the Holocaust: Reflections on Suffering and Hope. (Doubleday, 1997).
  • "Mark. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." (Anchor Bible 27; New York: Doubleday; vol. 1: 2000; vol. 2: 2009).
  • John the Baptist in History and Theology. The Personalities of the New Testament (University of South Carolina Press, 2018).

Recent Courses

  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Resurrection Narratives in the Gospels
  • Judaism and Christianity: Ancient Roots and Modern Perspectives