Mark By the Book
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P. W. Smuts advocates a "multi-directional" hermeneutic to the Synoptic Gospels downwards, sideways, backwards, and forwards using the Gospel of Mark to illustrate this approach. The downwards direction focuses on the immediate literary context of the particular text. The sideways direction focuses on parallels to that text in the other Synoptic Gospels. The backwards direction focuses on the Old Testament background to the text. And the forwards direction focuses on relevant passages in the rest of the New Testament. This model compels readers to interpret the gospels against the broader sweep of redemptive history.
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Smuts introduces his readers to his hermeneutical model using a multi-directional approach. What this means is Smuts (using the Gospel of Mark) instructs on looking at each pericope; first with a "downward" view (within the immediate context). Then looking at a "sideways" view (in any parallel accounts). Followed by a "backwards" look (OT witness) ending with a forwards look (at any relevant NT passages). Using this approach Smuts gives what appears to be a holistic approach (not altogether strictly using "biblical theology") and hence a balanced method of interpreting scripture for what is said and not what we may want it to say. A worthy resource for the expositorpreacher. Smuts also makes some interesting points on few chosen passages. 3.8 oo 5