“This book was a thesis submitted at Fordham University in 1979 and is for a work of its genre quite readable. The author considers ‘every point of syntax in which Semitic interference has been alleged.’ He presents his arguments well, using for purposes of comparison classical, Septuagintal and Hellenistic Greek sources, imperial, biblical and middle Aramaic ones, and biblical, Qumran and protomishnaic Hebrew ones. Rarely, and I think that he is correct in this, does he ascribe a phenomenon considered a Semitism to a single possible source. Phenomena found in Mark are due to Semitic influence, but the exact source or nature of that influence cannot for the most part be further determined. … This is an excellent study of a broad aspect of the composition of Mark and should prove helpful to students of that Gospel.” — John J. O’Rourke, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
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