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 and Isaiah.” In Fortunate the Eyes That See, 449–66. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Marcus, J. “Authority to forgive sins upon the earth : the Shema in the Gospel of Mark.” In Gospels and the Scriptures of Israel, 196–211. Sheffield, Eng: Sheffield Academic Pr, 1994.

Marcus, J. “The Epistle of James.” In The Books of the Bible., 339–43. New York: Scribners, 1989.

Marcus, J. “"The time has been fulfilled" (Mark 1:15).” In Apocalyptic and the New Testament, 49–68. Sheffield, Eng: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Pr, 1989.


Marcus, J. “Meggitt on the madness and kingship of Jesus.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29, no. 4 (June 1, 2007): 421–24.

Marcus, J. “The last enemy.” Expository Times 118, no. 6 (March 1, 2007): 287–88.

Marcus, J. “Idolatry in the New Testament.” Interpretation  Journal of Bible and Theology 60, no. 2 (January 1, 2006): 151–64. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Crucifixion as parodic exaltation.” Journal of Biblical Literature 125, no. 1 (January 1, 2006): 73–87. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Son of man as son of Adam Part II: Exegesis (continued from January 2003 issue).” Revue Biblique, no. 3 (December 1, 2003): 370–86.

Marcus, J. “Son of man as son of Adam, Part 2: Exegesis of selected gospel passages.” Revue Biblique 110, no. 3 (July 2003): 370–86.

Marcus, J. “The once and future messiah in early Christianity and Chabad.New Testament Studies 47, no. 3 (July 1, 2001): 381–401.

Marcus, J. “"Under the law": the background of a Pauline expression.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 63, no. 1 (January 1, 2001): 72–83.