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Mark (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) Paperback – January 8, 2007

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  • Series: Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (January 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830829814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830829811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world." (Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary)

About the Author

The late R. Alan Cole was lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and Trinity Theological College, Singapore. He wrote the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series volumes Mark and Galatians. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Canales on October 23, 2007
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The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series has produced a number of imitators in the last forty years. Some, like InterVarsity Press' The Bible Speaks Today series, have proven useful; others have not been worth the paper on which they were printed. But the Tyndale series remains unsurpassed for bringing scholarly insights to the books of Scripture in an accessible style that prizes economy of words.

This particular commentary by Alan Cole on the Gospel of Mark brings keen insight into the theology of this wonderfully pithy Gospel. Cole has understood that the big message of this Gospel is to answer two questions: Who is Jesus Christ? and, What has he come to do? With remarkable clarity, insight and his well-known economy of words, Cole addresses how Mark answers these questions about Jesus.

Working within Mark's own framework, Cole underscores that Jesus is the Son of God (1:1), who has come to bring the good news of the kingdom of God to his people (cf. 1:14f.). Cole unfolds Mark's underappreciated skill as an editor who brings together various episodes from Jesus' life in such a way that the reader is brought to the conclusion that Jesus is indeed the divine Son of God who has come to this world to pay the penalty that sinners owe God for their rebellion against him. The Gospel of Mark is about the cross, about Jesus' substitutionary death on behalf of those who turn to him in faith and repentance. Cole never relents in revealing this central focus of Mark's Gospel.

Most readers will have no problem following Cole's commentary. Key words are explained; theology is succinctly expounded. Pastors who want a bit more would do well to supplement Cole with 1) C.E.B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clayton J Womack on January 11, 2014
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I like how helpful this commentary is. Lots of background on Mark in the first part of the commentary- I think 100 pages worth. This gives great insight and understanding of the book before even getting into exposition. The focus of the commentary is not academic. I appreciate this for the purpose I'm using it- to teach elementary students through Mark. It has been informative, and also quite helpful in helping me to think about Mark's Gospel, drawing me into the Word. I recommend it.
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