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Reading Mark Made Easy Nov 8, 1998
The author is parish priest of the country town of Donald, in the Diocese of Ballarat, Australia. In fact, while obviously not as well known as a number of Australian biblical scholars, such as Francis Moloney, Fr `Pat' Flanagan has been conducting scripture workshops for both laity and his fellow priests for many years and is a consultant to the National Liturgical Commission in Australia. Flanagan has immersed himself in contemporary scholarship about the Scriptures, and specifically the Gospel of Mark, but his primarily concern, arising from his work as a pastor, is to communicate to his readership the central meaning of Mark according to its original audience and its significance for contemporary Christians. He has produced an excellent introduction to this important but at times confusing book of the New Testament, inviting a close reading of the Gospel text, and supplying copious notes for those wishing to take their exploration of Mark further.