"Taking up and refining insights from recent social–scientific exegetical research on secrecy in the Ancient Mediterranean world, Watson convincingly demonstrates that Wrede's Messianic Secret hypothesis is entirely culturally implausible. Concealment passages in Mark primarily reflect the day–to–day concerns about honor and shame among early believers who would have understood the Gospel to be addressing these issues."
—John J. Pilch
"David Watson has written a scholarly and very useful monograph. His soundings into the roles of secrecy in the ancient Mediterranean would further illustrate the value of anthropological history. Perhaps now Wrede's understanding of the 'Messianic Secret' in Mark may finally be laid to rest."
—Bruce J. Malina
"Honor among Christians evinces perhaps the most thorough deployment of cultural anthropology for understanding Mark's Gospel that I know, and one of the most sophisticated. Watson convincingly argues that Wrede's durable prism of 'the Messianic secret' has occluded our exegetical vision, which may be corrected by adopting lenses more appropriate to Mark's own social world. The text, not a method, remains focal in Watson's analysis, which opens rather than shuts down a broad range of productive conversation with other interpretive approaches. This is a work of genuine importance, chiefly because it illumines how subversive the Second Gospel was in its own place and time—and remains so in our own."
—C. Clifton Black
Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology
Princeton Theological Seminary