Joel Marcus

Joel Marcus

Professor Emeritus 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 has a book in press on John the Baptist and is currently working on a monograph on the Gospel of Peter as a Jewish Christian document.


  • 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, 2009.

Marcus, J. Mark 8-16: a new translation with introduction and commentary. Vol. 27A. 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, M. L. Apocalyptic and the New Testament : essays in honor of J Louis Martyn. Edited by J. Marcus. Vol. 24. Sheffield, Eng: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Pr, 1989.

Marcus, J. The Mystery of the Kingdom of God. Vol. 90. 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, 235–50. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

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.

Marcus, J. “Identity and ambiguity in Markan Christology.” In Seeking the Identity of Jesus, 133–47. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.

Marcus, J. “Idolatry in the New Testament.” In Word Leaps the Gap, 107–31. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans, 2008.

Marcus, J. “Jewish christianity.” In The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 1: Origins to Constantine, 87–102, 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 A. J. Avery-Peck, D. Harrington, and J. Neusner, 179–97. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Marcus, J. “The Beelzebul controversy and the eschatologies of Jesus.” In Authenticating the Activities of Jesus, 247–77. Leiden: E J Brill, 1999.

Marcus, J. “The intertextual polemic of the Markan vineyard parable.” In Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Judaism and Christianity, 211–27. New York: Cambridge Univ Pr, 1998.

Marcus, J. “Scripture and tradition in Mark 7.” In Scriptures in the Gospels, 177–95. Louvain: Leuven Univ Pr, 1997.

Marcus, J. “The Old Testament and the Death of Jesus: The Role of Scripture in the Gospel Passion Narratives.” In The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity, edited by J. T. Carroll and J. B. Green, 205–34. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995.


Marcus, J. “Barclay's Gift.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39, no. 3 (March 1, 2017): 324–30. Full Text

Marcus, J. “The twelve tribes in the Diaspora (James 1.1).” New Testament Studies 60, no. 4 (January 1, 2014): 433–47. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Passover and last supper revisited.” New Testament Studies 59, no. 3 (July 1, 2013): 303–24. Full Text

Marcus, Joel. “No More Zealots in the House of the Lord.” Novum Testamentum 55, no. 1 (2013): 22–30. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Israel and the church in the exegetical writings of hippolytus.” Journal of Biblical Literature 131, no. 2 (September 7, 2012): 385–406. Full Text

Marcus, Joel. “A Jewish-Christian 'Amidah?Early Christianity 3, no. 2 (2012): 215–215. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Birkat Ha-Minim revisited.” New Testament Studies 55, no. 4 (October 1, 2009): 523–51. Full Text

Marcus, J. “The Greatest.” Journal of Religion, Disability and Health 12, no. 1 (December 1, 2008): 69–73. Full Text

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