Fr. James Martin—popular media commentator on Colbert Report and New York Times bestselling author—says this about Martens:
"John Martens reminds us that the Gospel of Mark is a dramatic book—with an energetic Jesus moving rapidly from one exciting moment to the next. Martens’ book is a terrific invitation to encounter Jesus of Nazareth in all his immediacy and excitement. Bringing together deep learning with his trademark flair for clean, clear, direct prose, Martens offers us one of the most creative and innovative books on the Gospel that I’ve read in years."
James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and editor-at-large of America magazine
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John W. Martens, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
On April 15, 2015, "The Gospel of Mark" was one of three books shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Word Award in the Biblical Studies category!
Congratulations John W. Martens and Red Maple Press! Awards will be announced in Toronto, Canada on June 13, 2015. Send any comments of congratulations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full short list is at https://thewordguild.com/the-2015-word-awards-shortlist/.
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