Series Introduction MARKAN BOOKENDS The very first scene wherein Jesus appears is one in which he is baptized by John in the Jordan River (cf. Mark 1:4-8): And it happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And then as he came out of... Continue Reading →
As is so often the case with atheistic readings of biblical texts, the annotations of Steve Wells in his Skeptic’s Annotated Bible are bewildering. At times, SAB gets things precisely correct, like when it decries what amounts to divinely sanctioned marital rape in Deuteronomy 21:10-14. Wells summarizes the passage by writing, “If you see a pretty woman among the... Continue Reading →
INTRODUCTION The central question of the Markan Gospel is found near its narrative center in Mark 8:27-30. “Who do people say that I am?” he queries the disciples on their way to Caesarea Philippi (v. 27). A flurry of answers proceeds: people have speculated he is John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the... Continue Reading →
Texts discussed: Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 5:17-42, 15:1-20; Galatians 2:11-16 Recommended Reading: Darrell Bock, Mark, New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 221.Howard Clarke, The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel (Indiana University Press, 2003), 137.Jacob Milgrom, Leviticus 1-16, Yale Anchor Bible (Doubleday, 1991), 920. L. Michael White,... Continue Reading →
Texts discussed: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52 Recommended Reading: Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), 107-109Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In The Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 70-99.L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 182, 406-407.
Texts discussed: Mark 8:11-13; Matthew 12:38-42, 16:1-4; Luke 11:29-32. Recommended Reading: John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press, 2002), 248-249.R.T. France, The Gospel of Matthew, NICNT (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007), 490-492. Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, "Mark 8:11-12 - Did Jesus Contradict... Continue Reading →
Texts Discussed: Mark 3:21-35; Matthew 12:22-32, 46-50; Luke 8:19-21, 11:14-23. Recommended Reading: Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), 19. John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press, 2002), 128-136.Joel Marcus, Mark 1-8, The Anchor Yale Bible (Doubleday, 2000,... Continue Reading →
INTRODUCTION If you were to ask my dad how he became a Christian, he would no doubt tell you about his friend who handed him a King James Version New Testament and asked him to read the Gospel of John. As a single dad in his early 30s, struggling to raise his two daughters, coming... Continue Reading →
Texts Discussed: Mark 1:16-20; John 1:28-2:1. Recommended Reading George R. Beasley-Murray, John, second edition, WBC vol. 36 (Thomas Nelson, 1999), 36-38.Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 23-28.Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 41-69.