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The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark

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"A fresh, vigorous new translation of the Gospel of Mark."The American Conservative

"Professor Pakaluk provides not only a thrilling new rendering of the ancient Greek text but also provides lively scholarship in the commentary that follows his translation of Mark's sixteen chapters." The Catholic Thing

"This is a very rewarding version of Mark, and even those who
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Gateway Editions
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Charles J
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New translations of the Bible, targeted at a broad audience and done by individuals, rather than committees, seem to be a growth industry. This book, a translation of the Gospel of Saint Mark, joins, among others, Sarah Ruden’s excellent recent work, The Face of Water, which offers both commentary on translation and translation itself, and David Bentley Hart’s 2018 translation of the entire New Testament. The author, Michael Pakaluk, has done an outstanding job of writing a translation that is ...more
Jason Bray
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read. Essentially a commentary along with a new translation. Translation is very readable and the commentary is thought provoking. I believe the author is Catholic, which is new to me, as I more commonly read Evangelical commentary. The areas of similarity and difference were both interesting to note. Obviously I would not interpret some of these passages the same way he did, but he justifies his interpretation and it’s worth a discussion.

Recommend for anyone interested in a good
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Mattyk
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the rationale for the book being a translation based on the immediacy of the original writing of an eye-witness account. Also, his extensive commentary was very insightful. Maybe not one for the bookshelf as I don’t see myself reading it again but enjoyable fairly quick read.
Patrick
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entirely eye opening and illuminating reading of Mark. Pakaluk's translation is immediate and engrossing and the commentary insightful and penetrating. I especially appreciated the references to Pseudo-Jerome (new to me) and Bede.

I'll be recommending to many friends.
Bethy Daley
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book! Please, please read it and enjoy it for yourself!
Christine
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Please note that this is a hardcover edition. Goodreads wouldn't let me change from a kindle edition, no matter what I tried to do. I generally prefer hardcovers just for the feeling of holding and marking the book.

This year for my Holy Week reading, I picked a book I had just recently run across, “The Memoirs of St. Peter,” by Michael Pakaluk. The subtitle indicates precisely what this book is about: “A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark.” Pakaluk’s study is well researched and
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“just them by themselves Mark apparently thought that simply writing “Jesus took Peter and James and John” would leave open the possibility that others joined them, so he clarifies that the four were “just them by themselves.” Generally we must take care not to attribute more exactness to a Gospel text than is strictly required. For example, if the evangelist gives a list, we are not justified in inferring that the list is exhaustive.” 0 likes
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