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. “The Jewish War and the Sitz im Leben of Mark.Journal of Biblical Literature 111, no. 3 (September 1, 1992): 441–62.

Marcus, J. “The Pharisee and the tax collector.Princeton Seminary Bulletin 11, no. 2 (January 1, 1990): 138–42.

Marcus, Joel. “Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Theological Reflection.” Theology Today 46, no. 3 (October 1989): 288–98. Full Text

Marcus, J. “The circumcision and the uncircumcision in Rome.New Testament Studies 35, no. 1 (January 1, 1989): 67–81.

Marcus, Joel. “Mark 14:61: "Are You the Messiah-Son-of-God?".” Novum Testamentum 31, no. 2 (1989): 125–41. Full Text

MARCUS, J. “Mark 9,11 - 13: "As It Has Been Written".” Zeitschrift Für Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft Und Die Kunde Der Älteren Kirche 80, no. 1 (1989).

Marcus, J. “Entering into the kingly power of God.Journal of Biblical Literature 107, no. 4 (December 1, 1988): 663–75.

Marcus, Joel. “Paul at the Areopagus.” Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture 18, no. 4 (November 1988): 143–48. Full Text

Marcus, J. “The gates of Hades and the keys of the kingdom (Matt 16:18-19).” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 50, no. 3 (July 1, 1988): 443–55.

Marcus, J. “"Let God arise and end the reign of sin" : a contribution to the study of Pauline parenesis.Biblica 69, no. 3 (January 1, 1988): 386–95.