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. O. E. L. “Mark – Interpreter of Paul.” New Testament Studies 46, no. 4 (October 2000): 473–87. Full Text

Marcus, J. “The millstone.Christian Century 117, no. 25 (September 13, 2000): 902–318.

Marcus, J. “Uncommon sense.Christian Century 117, no. 24 (August 30, 2000): 860–318.

MARCUS, J. O. E. L. “A NOTE ON MARKAN OPTICS.” New Testament Studies 45, no. 2 (March 1999): 250–56. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Rivers of Living Water from Jesus' Belly (John 7:38).” Journal of Biblical Literature 117, no. 2 (June 1, 1998): 328–30.

Marcus, J. “In the World But Not Of It.”.” Katallagete 11 (1998): 22–28.

Marcus, J. “Blanks and Gaps in the Markan Parable of the Sower.Biblical Interpretation 5, no. 3 (July 1, 1997): 247–62.

Marcus, J. “Scripture and Tradition in Mark 7.Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 131 (1997): 145–63.

Marcus, Joel. “Modern and Ancient Jewish Apocalypticism.” The Journal of Religion 76, no. 1 (January 1996): 1–27. Full Text

Marcus, J. “Jesus' Baptismal Vision.New Testament Studies 41, no. 4 (October 1, 1995): 512–21.