Jesus is Still Speaking Through the Gospel of Mark

Author: Jimmy R. Watson, Ph.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781456873561
Release Date: 2011-04-11
Genre: Religion

The title of this book is a play on the United Church of Christ’s “God Is Still Speaking” marketing campaign. I have sifted through two decades of sermon writing, which were primarily focused on the Gospels, to see how Mark’s Gospel portrays the still speaking voice of Jesus. The essays in this book work with some of Jesus’ most provocative words as related through the pen of Mark. But what meaning do these words carry in our world today? Are they practical and relevant for us? Is Jesus still speaking to us ... through the Gospel of Mark?

The Gospel According to Mark

Author: George Martin
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 9780829419702
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

The Gospel According to Mark: Meaning and Message offer a unique combination of solid scholarship and practical usefulness to all who wish to understand the Gospels more fully. At the heart of the book is a verse-by-verse exposition of the New American Bible text of Mark's Gospel. Interspersed throughout the text are dozens of short essays giving the social, political, economic, and religious background of the Gospel. Also included are questons for reflection that point to ways the reader might apply the text.

Preaching the Gospel of Mark

Author: Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664229214
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Religion

In this engaging treatment of the Gospel of Mark, Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm combines biblical scholarship with a close reading of the Gospel text to meet the needs of preachers today. Swift and purposeful, the Gospel of Mark proclaims God's reign and urges the participation of all God's people in the witness of the good news that God has transformed human reality through Jesus Christ. This insightful commentary helps that message come alive while providing pertinent suggestions about how preachers can proclaim this message to today's churchgoers.

The Gospel of Mark

Author: Ben Witherington
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802845037
Release Date: 2001-01-08
Genre: Religion

This book offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel. Written when the fledging Christian faith was experiencing a major crisis during the Jewish war, Mark provides us with the first window on how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish audience. According to Witherington, the structure of Mark demonstrates that this Gospel is biographically focused on the identity of Jesus and the importance of knowing who he is--the Christ, the Son of God. This finding reveals that Christology stood at the heart of the earliest Christians' faith. It also shows how important it was to these earliest Christians to persuade others about the nature of Jesus, both as a historical figure and as the Savior of the world.

The Long Road Home and Other Short Stories from the Silences in the Gospel of Mark

Author: James S. Lowry
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621896821
Release Date: 2013-05-17
Genre: Religion

Borrowing from the ancient rabbinic use of midrash as a means of opening Scripture to students, James Lowry has chosen six texts from among those in which he believes Mark deliberately left silences. The author is convinced Mark hoped his readers would be encouraged to raise a variety of possibilities as to what the evangelist left unsaid. Beginning with Mark choosing not to name the temptations of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13) and concluding with Mark choosing to conclude his narrative with the women leaving the tomb of Jesus in stunned silence (Mark 16:8), Lowry spins short stories that suggest several alternative ideas as to how the biblical narrative might have played. In half of the tales, Lowry enters the text and adds fictitious material to Mark's narrative. In the other half, his stories are set in the small textile town of Great Falls, South Carolina, where the author grew up in the 1950s. The hope is these stories will encourage readers of Mark and groups of his readers to raise other possibilities.

The Gospel of Mark

Author: John R. Donahue
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814659659
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

This intratextual and intertextual reading of Mark's Gospel helps readers to appreciate the literary character, its setting in life, and its distinctive approaches to the Old Testament, Jesus, and early Christian theology. (Biblical Studies)

Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark

Author: Suzanne Watts Henderson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139450928
Release Date: 2006-03-23
Genre: Religion

Exploring the interrelated topics of Christology and discipleship within the apocalyptic context of Mark's Gospel, Henderson focuses on six passages: Mark 1:16–20; 3:13--15; 4:1–34; 6:7–13; 6:32–44; 6:45–52. Together, these passages indicate that the disciples failed to understand not just Jesus' messianic identity per se but the apocalyptic nature of his messiahship, as well as its implications for their own participation in God's coming reign. The implications of this for Mark's gospel as a whole are to situate Mark's Christological claims within the broader context of the apocalyptic 'gospel of God'. This lends coherence to Mark's bifocal interest in miracle and passion. It also illuminates the relationship between Mark's Jesus and his followers as those who carry forward his own mission: to demonstrate the coming kingdom of God, which is fully assured if not yet fully in view.

The Gospel of Mark

Author: Robert E. Picirilli
Publisher: Randall House Publications
ISBN: 0892655003
Release Date: 2003-01
Genre: Bible

Navigating Through the Gospel of Mark with Captain Bill Brogdon

Author: Joyce Sidey Brogdon
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781606473368
Release Date: 2008-06-01
Genre: Religion

Jesus taught powerful themes by telling stories using everyday commodities as examples and making the unfamiliar come alive for His hearers. His message was for all people, in all social brackets; rich, poor and every class in between. His main thrust was to bring the Gospel (the good news) to the world that all people might have the opportunity to get to know God and learn of His great love for humankind. Through countless ages Mark's Gospel has been held to the light and scrutinized. Mark, through Peter, has faithfully recorded the words of Jesus, the Master teacher. Mark, like Peter, was martyred for his Christian faith. Though scholars continue to help simplify the text, many readers still miss some of the richness of the message because of lack of understanding. Though no one can duplicate Christ's genius, Captain Bill Brogdon attempted to emulate His teaching methods, taking the obscure and difficult and putting it into plain language and using down to earth logic to make it understandable for everybody. In compiling Bill's notes, his wife Joyce, has formulated the text so that it can be read straight through as an interesting story or, following the outline, it can be used as a guide to deeper study of the Gospel according to Mark. Joyce Sidey Brogdon was born in London and grew up in Suffolk, on the east coast of England. She received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and her master's degree from the University of Southern Maine. Other books by her are, Majuba House (Xulon press, 2003), which is an autobiographic account of growing up in England during WWII, and The Gold Chaser (Borrego Publishing, 2007), which is the story of a remarkable talentedIrishman.

Speaking of Jesus

Author: Willem S. Vorster
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004107797
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Religion

A selection of some 30 essays by the late New Testament scholarWillem Vorster, dealing with methodological issues in New Testament scholarship, including discussion of "Reader Response," "Narratology" and "The Historical Jesus."

The Theological Role of Paradox in the Gospel of Mark

Author: Laura C. Sweat
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780567215703
Release Date: 2013-10-10
Genre: Religion

Sweat employs an in-depth analysis of both the parables and passion narrative to illuminate how the Gospel of Mark portrays God's action through paradoxical language.

Jesus of the Gospels

Author: Arthur E. Zannoni
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781556358517
Release Date: 2008-05-20
Genre: Religion

The Jesus whom we discover in the Gospels is both elusive and complex. He defies both definition and easy explanation.

The Parables of Jesus

Author: Luise Schottroff
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451413246
Release Date:
Genre: Religion

A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history. Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.

The Gospel of Matthew

Author: Rudolf Schnackenburg
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802844383
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Religion

From ancient times the Gospel of Matthew has been regarded as the "church Gospel" its aims are preeminently catechetical, pastoral, and missionary. But recent research raises many questionsregarding Matthew's creation, theological intentions, and shapingfor the circle of its first recipients.This highly original commentary by Rudolf Schnackenburgfollows Matthew chapter by chapter and verse by verse, carefullyexplaining and interpreting the text against both its primitive andcurrent horizons. Schnackenburg sees Matthew's purpose as simply"the proclamation of Christian salvation." His commentary givesextra attention to the great discourses of Jesus found in Matthew(such as the Sermon on the Mount), showing how Jesus' wordsand works have special currency for the self-understanding of thechurch and for the task of Christian living today.Written by a master exegete with a pastor's sensitivity, thiscommentary will fast become a classic study of Matthew's Gospel.