Announcing Mark, Canonizer of Paul

October 20, 2012

I am pleased to announce that my new book, Mark, Canonizer of Paul, is now available from Amazon.com.

The back cover blurbs do a good job of briefly describing the book:

“For over 150 years the idea that Mark used the Pauline epistles has been recurring in New Testament research. Now in the work of Tom Dykstra, wide-ranging work and thoughtful, the truth of that idea emerges with a clarity it never had before.  The result is to give a fresh sense of the origin and nature of Mark, of all the New Testament books, and of the quest for history.” — Thomas Brodie, Director, Dominican Biblical Institute, author of The Birthing of the New Testament

“Tom Dykstra draws connections between Paul and the Gospel of Mark that are stunning, surprising, and original, and leave readers with a sense that the evidence deserves a better interpretation than traditional Synoptic models can offer. Well argued, easy to read, immersed in the relevant current exegetical discussion, the book fascinates, provokes, and encourages to think outside the box.” — David Trobisch, author of The First Edition of the New Testament

“In addition to its main focus on Mark, this book is a lucid introduction to early church history, oral tradition, the gospels’ genre, and how to understand scripture in general.” — Paul Nadim Tarazi, Professor of Biblical Studies, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, author of The New Testament: An Introduction: Paul and Mark