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The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Paperback – January 8, 2001
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"Witherington intersperses homiletic asides within the flow of a clear, scientific treatise. . . His work deserves wide circulation."
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"An impressive, reliable, and often surprising commentary on the Gospel of Mark."
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Ben sees this gospel as an ancient biography of Jesus with Christ himself as the main character. He notes that Mark spends approximately 40% of the gospel on the last week of Jesus' life. For Dr. Witherington, the key verses of this Gospel are 8:27-30, where Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, and 10:45, where Jesus explains that He has come to give His life as a ransom for many. This is important because ancient biographies often focus on the lasting impact of both the life and the death of the subject.
Dr. Witherington holds to largely conservative evangelical stances on critical issues related to the Gospel of Mark. I appreciated the explanation of how Jesus ministered in Jewish lands in the first six chapters and then reprised many of his miracles in Gentile lands (the feeding of the 4000) to give a preview of the future scope of the gospel.
This book is very well written with a lot of exciting exposition and application. You will learn how Jesus being driven into the wilderness in Mark 1 and being with ther wild animals echoes the experience of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4. The exception is that Jesus is being presented as the TRUE and rightful king of the world.Read more ›
Witherington sees the gospel of Mark as an ancient biography of Jesus with a special focus on the passion narrative. The over-riding question behind Mark's account is: Who is Jesus? Mark may not be as polished in the Greek language as the other NT writers but his masterful use of literary devices such as chiasm, intercalation, strategically placed questions and so on sets him apart as a powerful communicator. In Mark, you also see many of the rough edges of Jesus' words preserved, which led many scholars to place this gospel earliest among the others. There are many such observations made in the commentary that illuminate our reading of this particular telling of the good news and help us hear the distinctive voice of Mark as he presents the Son of God to non-Jewish readers.Read more ›
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The text is academic without being wooden, and the Kindle table of contents allows me to skip directly to the sections I am preaching on. Thanks!Published on March 21, 2014 by Jeff Heidkamp
This thing is amazing. This book must of been really written by Dr. Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown because it is a time machine. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Seeking First
The scriptures are so important to have a good knowledge of, especially as a Jesus follower! This commentary is solid!Published on January 7, 2014 by David VanDomelen
Dr. Witherington is one of the rising stars in conservative theology today, and is an amazingly prolific writer (he seems to produce books as quickly as most pastors produce... Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by Fabfan
As always, this author provides in-depth information. Engaging enough for students and clear enough for the average person.Published on July 23, 2008 by Joann Farrell