The Catena in Marcum

A Byzantine Anthology of Early Commentary on Mark


The Catena in Marcum commonly attributed to Victor of Antioch, is the earliest anthology of patristic commentary on the gospel according to St Mark. Its compilation dates from the end of the fifth century and the beginning of the sixth century. Providing the first extended English translation, this book identifies the range of patristic sources employed by the editors, and the historiographical, literary and dogmatic concerns which informed the editing and compilation of this important text. It provides an invaluable resource for those interested in the history and development of the interpretation of Mark.

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William R. S. Lamb, is Vice-Principal and Tutor in New Testament Studies, Westcott House, Cambridge and
an Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
"We congratulate Lamb for attempting to re-establish the significance of this catena and for promoting it to stand alongside modern scholarship's endeavours at the writing of commentaries." – J.K. Elliott, in: Novum Testamentum 55 (2013)
"This is a fine book … This book should be consulted by anybody interested in the interpretation and reception of the Gospel of Mark, and is a model of the highest standards of scholarly research." – Paul Foster, in: Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35/5 (2013)
I: Introduction
1. Patristic Exegesis and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture
2. The Catena in Marcum
3. Commentary, Anthology, and the Scholastic Tradition
4. Let the Reader Understand
5. The Discrepancies between the Gospels
6. ‘Who do you say that I am?’
7. Conclusion
II: The Catena in Marcum
Chapter Headings (Kephalaia)
The Hypothesis

The Gospel according to Mark
Chapter 1
1. On the demoniac
2. On Peter’s mother-in-law
3. On the healing of various diseases
4. On the leper
Chapter 2
5. On the paralytic
6. On Levi the tax collector
Chapter 3
7. On the man with a withered hand
8. On the choosing of the apostles
Chapter 4
9. On the parable of the sower
10. On the calming of the waters
Chapter 5
11. On Legion
12. On the leader of the synagogue’s daughter
13. On the woman with a haemorrhage
Chapter 6
14. On the commissioning of the apostles
15. On John and Herod
16. On the five loaves and the two fishes
17. On the walking on the sea
Chapter 7
18. On the transgression of the commands of God
19. On the Phoenician woman
20. On the deaf and dumb man
Chapter 8
21. On the seven loaves
22. On the leaven of the Pharisees
23. On the blind man
24. On the questioning in Caesarea
Chapter 9
25. On the transfiguration of Jesus
26. On the epileptic
27. On the quarrels about who is greatest
Chapter 10
28. On the Pharisees who asked questions
29. On the rich man who questioned Jesus
30. On the sons of Zebedee
31. On Bartimaeus
Chapter 11
32. On the colt
33. On the withered fig tree
34. On the capacity for forgiveness
35. On the chief priests and scribes who questioned the Lord
Chapter 12
36. On the vineyard
37. On those sent to ask about the poll-tax
38. On the Sadducees
39. On the scribe
40. On questioning from the Lord
41. On the two coins
Chapter 13
42. On the end
43. On that day and that hour
Chapter 14
44. On the woman who anointed the Lord with sweet perfume
45. On the Passover
46. On the prophecy of betrayal
47. On Peter’s denial
Chapter 15
48. On the request for the body of the Lord
Chapter 16
APPENDIX. A Table of the Sources of the Catena in Marcum

All those interested in patristic exegesis, the history of biblical interpretation, and the theological interpretation of scripture.
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