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Mark L Strauss
Mark L. Strauss (PhD., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He is the author of The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts; Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Illustrated Bible Background Commentary; The Essential Bible Companion; and Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels.
He has recently completed the The Gospel of Mark for Expositor's Bible Commentary and is writing The Gospel of Mark for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary. His professional associations include the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches and has served in three interim pastorates.
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In just 280 pages, Strauss manages to span interpretative issues in a manner relevant to the home, cafe, or lay Bible study group on the one hand, to the academic setting on the other. After clarifying what the Bible is and is not, Strauss proposes "a heart-of-God hermenutic: walking with God in his story", based around four key questions (page 78), which he subsequently demonstrates on an extended tour of OT and NT genres, before dealing with methods of contemporary application. Of note is chapter five, "Seeking the heart of God in dialogue", which explains the necessity for reading the Bible in community and in light of the church's 2000-year Great Tradition. Very readable. Highly recommended!