The Gospel of Mark (New Daily Study Bible Series)
Mark gives us the most human picture of Jesus, describing him simply as 'the carpenter', and speaks most about Jesus' feelings and emotions. This was the first of the synoptic gospels to be written. Mark learned much about Jesus' life...
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Mark gives us the most human picture of Jesus, describing him simply as 'the carpenter', and speaks most about Jesus' feelings and emotions. This was the first of the synoptic gospels to be written. Mark learned much about Jesus' life from the great apostle, Peter, to whom he was extremely close. To Mark, Jesus was not simply one of us; he was God among us, constantly moving people to a wondering amazement with his words and deeds. Mark's style is simple and honest, adding statement to statement with the word 'and' in the way that an excited and eager child might, giving a freshness and immediacy unique to his thrilling narrative. William Barclay builds on the infectious enthusiasm of Mark, adding wide-eyed wonder to the stories behind the text.
'Go into all the world and preach the goodness.' The Gospel of Mark shows us the reaction of the people to Jesus' ministry. While making clear Jesus' divinity, in Mark's account we also see a very human and even emotional Jesus. The Gospel of Mark is regarded by some as perhaps the most realistic of all the gospels. William Barclay delves with fascination into the questions that fill this gospel and into this joyous account of the life and teachings of Jesus. He offers us insightful new perspective on some of the more difficult passages in Mark's Gospel. It is commonly agreed that Mark was the first gospel to be written and Barclay's interpretation opens its ancient teachings to Christians in the modern world.
Born 1907 in Scotland, William Barclay studied at Glasgow and Marburg universities. He was ordained in 1933 and inducted to Renfrew Trinity Church until 1946 when he was appointed Lecturer in New Testament Language and Literature at Glasgow University and later to the position of Professor in New Testament and Divinity. In 1956 the Degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him and he held several prestigious academic positions subsequently. Barclay was a theologian, author, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. His Daily Study Bible won international acclaim, and in 1968 he published his own translation of the New Testament. Barclay was married to Barbara and had three children, he died in 1978.