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Mark (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries Series)

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Mark???s genius lies, not in telling a story about Jesus, but in creating conditions under which the reader may experience the peculiar quality of God???s good news. The Evangelist hurries one along breathlessly, ???immediately,??? making sure that the reader lurches...


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Mark???s genius lies, not in telling a story about Jesus, but in creating conditions under which the reader may experience the peculiar quality of God???s good news. The Evangelist hurries one along breathlessly, ???immediately,??? making sure that the reader lurches with the characters into one pothole after another. ???What is this new teaching??? that consorts with the flagrantly sinful, turning the pious homicidal, intimates into strangers, and mustard seeds into ???the greatest of all ??? shrubs????
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^Jesus??? closest adherents, the Twelve, are among the most muddled. Who can blame them? They ask for an obscure parable???s interpretation and receive an answer even more confounding. They are told to feed thousands with next to nothing. Their boat almost capsizes while their teacher sleeps. As they oar in rough waters, the teacher strides the waves intending to bypass them. Putting the reader in the same boat, Mark structures conversations with Jesus that make little sense, if any. The Twelve are craven, stupid, self-serving, and disobedient: meet the average Christian. Besides, ???their hearts were hardened.??? Who hardens hearts? God. Should not God???s Messiah lift the burdens of those following him? What kind of Christ heads to a cross, handing his disciples another for themselves. ???Do you not yet understand????????from the Introduction
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Mark???s genius lies, not in telling a story about Jesus, but in creating conditions under which the reader may experience the peculiar quality of God???s good news. The Evangelist hurries one along breathlessly, ???immediately,??? making sure that the reader lurches with the characters into one pothole after another. ???What is this new teaching??? that consorts with the flagrantly sinful, turning the pious homicidal, intimates into strangers, and mustard seeds into ???the greatest of all ??? shrubs????
^
^Jesus??? closest adherents, the Twelve, are among the most muddled. Who can blame them? They ask for an obscure parable???s interpretation and receive an answer even more confounding. They are told to feed thousands with next to nothing. Their boat almost capsizes while their teacher sleeps. As they oar in rough waters, the teacher strides the waves intending to bypass them. Putting the reader in the same boat, Mark structures conversations with Jesus that make little sense, if any. The Twelve are craven, stupid, self-serving, and disobedient: meet the average Christian. Besides, ???their hearts were hardened.??? Who hardens hearts? God. Should not God???s Messiah lift the burdens of those following him? What kind of Christ heads to a cross, handing his disciples another for themselves. ???Do you not yet understand????????from the Introduction
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Mark's genius lies, not in telling a story about Jesus, but in creating conditions under which the reader may experience the peculiar quality of God's good news. The Evangelist hurries one along breathlessly, ?immediately,? making sure that the reader lurches with the characters into one pothole after another. ?What is this new teaching? that consorts with the flagrantly sinful, turning the pious homicidal, intimates into strangers, and mustard seeds into ?the greatest of all ? shrubs??

Jesus? closest adherents, the Twelve, are among the most muddled. Who can blame them? They ask for an obscure parable's interpretation and receive an answer even more confounding. They are told to feed thousands with next to nothing. Their boat almost capsizes while their teacher sleeps. As they oar in rough waters, the teacher strides the waves intending to bypass them. Putting the reader in the same boat, Mark structures conversations with Jesus that make little sense, if any. The Twelve are craven, stupid, self-serving, and disobedient: meet the average Christian. Besides, ?their hearts were hardened.? Who hardens hearts? God. Should not God's Messiah lift the burdens of those following him? What kind of Christ heads to a cross, handing his disciples another for themselves. ?Do you not yet understand?? from the Introduction

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C Clifton Black

C. Clifton Black (Ph.D. from Duke University) is Princeton Theological Seminary's Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology. He is interested in New Testament exegesis, theology, and the history of scriptural interpretation, with a focus on the four Gospels. An ordained United Methodist minister, he serves with John T. Carroll and M. Eugene Boring as editor of The New Testament Library, published by Westminster John Knox Press. Black is also an associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Horizons in Biblical Theology, and a member of The Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and The American Theological Society. His major publications include Mark: Images of an Apostolic Interpreter (Fortress/T&T Clark, 2001), The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts (Chalice, 2001), 1-3 John New Interpreter's Bible Commentary, Anatomy of the New Testament, sixth edition, with Robert A. Spivey and D. Moody Smith (Prentice Hall, 2006), and Communicating Good News: Conversations on New Testament Rhetoric with George Kennedy, with Duane F. Watson (Baylor University Press, 2008).His forthcoming volumes will include The Eighth Day of Creation: An Anthology of Christian Scripture (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008), The Gospel of Mark (Abingdon New Testament Commentary) and Matthew NTL (New Testament Library).

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