A very positive review of the first volume of a new Anchor Bible translation of the gospel of Mark. "In working with the text, pericope by pericope, Marcus begins with a translation, which to me seemed familiar and yet had a freshness and easy flow. The notes are thorough and scholarly, and says the author, may be skipped by non-technical readers. Of the comments however, Marcus writes: `I view [this] section as the heart of the commentary. It is the section I would like every reader to read ... Here I present my vision of what each pericope is centrally about".