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Product Details

  • Series: Explorations in Biblical Theology
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381193
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hans Bayer reads the book of Mark with the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a lover, and the humility of a disciple. His aim is to show how self-perception (both individual and corporate) and God-perception shaped by the gospel simultaneously result in reconciled relationships and radical discipleship. Here is theology and biblical commentary at its best rooted in powerful textual insights and rigorously applied to contemporary discipleship. The insights are profound; the grace is sweet." Bryan Chapell, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"A clear, careful, warm, detailed, reflective, humble, personal, and applicable consideration of Mark's presentation of Jesus and who we are in relation to him. Bayer's disarming gentleness enhances the pointedness of Mark's claims about Jesus and about my need to surrender to the Carpenter from Galilee. This is an encouragement toward taking up our crosses as Jesus people, particularly amid the challenges of 21st-century North America and Europe. Use the book in a small group and see what happens." --Rev. J. Nelson Jennings, Ph.D., Director of Program and Community Life, Overseas Ministries Study Center and Associate Editor, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

A clear, careful, warm, detailed, reflective, humble, personal, and applicable consideration of Mark s presentation of Jesus and who we are in relation to him. Bayer s disarming gentleness enhances the pointedness of Mark s claims about Jesus and about my need to surrender to the Carpenter from Galilee. This is an encouragement toward taking up our crosses as Jesus people, particularly amid the challenges of 21st-century North America and Europe. Use the book in a small group and see what happens --Rev. J. Nelson Jennings, Ph.D., Director of Program and Community Life, Overseas Ministries Study Center and Associate Editor, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

About the Author

Hans F. Bayer (Ph.D., the University of Aberdeen) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Sims on May 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Overview

A Theology of Mark unpacks the themes and historical narrative of Mark with the tools of Biblical Theology and from the reformed worldview, all while making the content applicable for daily Christian living. We need more of these kinds of commentaries. Bayer first attacks the most basic questions surrounding Mark like structure, purpose, thematic framework, and questions about the person of Jesus and then develops the theme of discipleship from "a more comprehensive approach--that of Jesus with his own disciples" (Kindle Location 104 of 3008).

Jesus Disciples His Disciples

I found the work Bayers did on the topic of discipleship refreshing. This section made his work in section one (the foundational and background questions) come alive. The lay person make ask What does all this background information have to do with me? Of course, there is a major purpose for understanding the historical context and critical thought surrounding Mark but how can we make these truths meaningful for the lay theologian? Bayer accomplishes this by examining the how to of discipleship in light of these foundational issues.

Bayer aks two questions:

Who do you perceive yourself to be?
and Who do you perceive God to be?

He then says, "Authentic witness to Jesus brings forth authentic discipleship in the context of the growing messianic kingdom of God" (KL 174 of 3008). These themes (Messiah, Kingdom, & Gospeling) run throughout Bayer's discussion of discipleship. You can catch a glimpse of these themes when he says,

The thematic connection between Mark 14:25 and the entire narrative of Mark shows that Jesus' demonstrated authority is connected with his future kingly rule.
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