Joel Marcus

Professor of New Testament

External address: 
217 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3562

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.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1985
  • M.Phil., Columbia University 1983
  • M.A., Columbia University 1981
  • B.A., New York University 1979

Marcus, J. Mark 8-16: a new translation with introduction and commentary. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2009.

Marcus, J. Jesus and the Holocaust: reflections on suffering and hope. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Marcus, J. The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis in the Gospel of Mark. Louisville/Edinburgh: John Knox/Westminster-T&T Clark, 1992.

Soards, ML. Apocalyptic and the New Testament : essays in honor of J Louis Martyn. Edited by J Marcus. Sheffield, Eng: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Pr, 1989.

Marcus, J. The Mystery of the Kingdom of God. Atlanta: Scholars Pr, 1986.

Marcus, J. "Jesus the Jew in Recent Western Scholarship." In Gospel Images of Jesus Christ in Church Tradition and Scholarship: Fifth International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars, Minsk, September 2 to 9, 2010,edited by C Karakolis, K Niebuhr, and S Rogalsky,235-250. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012. (Chapter)

Marcus, J. "‘I Believe; Help My Unbelief!’ Human Faith and Divine Faithfulness in Mark 9.l4-29." In Paul, Grace and Freedom: Essays in Honour of John K. Riches,edited by P Middleton, A Paddison, and K Wenell,39-49. London/New York: T&T Clark: T&T Clark, 2009. (Chapter)

Marcus, J. "Identity and ambiguity in Markan Christology." In Seeking the identity of Jesus,133-147. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.

Marcus, J. "Idolatry in the New Testament." In Word leaps the gap,107-131. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans, 2008.

Marcus, J. "Jewish christianity." In The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 1: Origins to Constantine, 87-102. January 1, 2006. Full Text

Marcus, J. "John the Baptist and Jesus." In When Judaism and Christianity Began: Essays in Memory of Anthony J. Saldarini,edited by AJ Avery-Peck, D Harrington, and J Neusner,179-197. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Marcus, J. "The Beelzebul controversy and the eschatologies of Jesus." In Authenticating the activities of Jesus,247-277. Leiden: E J Brill, 1999.

Marcus, J. "The intertextual polemic of the Markan vineyard parable." In Tolerance and intolerance in early Judaism and Christianity,211-227. New York: Cambridge Univ Pr, 1998.

Marcus, J. "Scripture and tradition in Mark 7." In Scriptures in the Gospels,177-195. Louvain: Leuven Univ Pr, 1997.

Marcus, J. "Mark and Isaiah." In Fortunate the eyes that see,449-466. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.


Marcus, J. "‘The Twelve Tribes in the Diaspora’ (James 1.1)." New Testament Studies 60, no. 04 (October 2014): 433-447. Full Text

Marcus, J. "Passover and Last Supper Revisited." NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES 59, no. 3 (July 2013): 303-324. Full Text

Marcus, J. "A Jewish-Christian ʼAmidah." Early Christianity 3, no. 2 (January 1, 2012): 215-225.

Marcus, J. "Israel and the Church in the Exegetical Writings of Hippolytus." JOURNAL OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE 131, no. 2 (2012): 385-406.

Marcus, J. "The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and the Didascalia Apostolorum: A Common Jewish Christian Milieu?." The Journal of Theological Studies 61, no. 2 (October 1, 2010): 596-626. Full Text

Marcus, J. "Birkat Ha-Minim Revisited." NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES 55, no. 4 (October 2009): 523-551. Full Text

Marcus, J. "The Greatest: A Sermon." Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health, no. April (2008).

Marcus, J. "Meggitt on the madness and kingship of Jesus." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29, no. 4 (June 1, 2007): 421-424.

Marcus, J. "The last enemy." Expository Times 118, no. 6 (March 1, 2007): 287-288.