Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: December 2014
The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By concentrating each carefully selected preaching unit into six pages of focused commentary, each volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color images.
Mark’s concern in his Gospel is that his readers know the good news of who Jesus is: God’s Son and suffering Messiah. It is a book of action, demonstrating Jesus’s identity with a strong emphasis on what he did –acts of service and of power that often left onlookers amazed. Inherent in this revelation of Jesus’s identity is a call to radical discipleship fueled by total dependence on him. Renowned scholar Grant R. Osborne provides keen insights to help preachers and teachers bring Mark’s important message to life for today’s listeners.
Grant Osborne has been teaching about Jesus and the Gospels for forty years. Now he brings all that experience and expertise to a study of the Gospel of Mark. The result is a concise yet seasoned, sensitive treatment of this important Gospel. So open this book and be prepared to learn more not only about Jesus but also about the walk of faith from a well-qualified guide. – Darrell L. Bock, executive director of cultural engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
This commentary shows Grant Osborne at his very best—combining his mature understanding of the Bible with practical application and illustration. Osborne brings a lifetime of studying and living God’s Word to each unit, in which he moves from the big idea to illustration by way of exegesis and teachable theological truths. The illustrations run the gamut from Augustine to Downton Abbey, and many points in between. I thoroughly enjoyed these many and varied examples and think that they will be of great benefit to pastors and teachers who are looking for help in making Mark’s Gospel come alive for their hearers. – Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College
Grant Osborne’s Mark, written with the insights of a lifetime of researching, writing, teaching, and preaching the Word of God, is accessible to pastors and Bible study leaders alike. The balanced focus on historical details and the theological message is consistently instructive, and the sections on teaching and illustrating the text will help readers to not only read this Gospel but also apply it to their own lives and to the life of the church. – Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; associate editor, Bulletin of Biblical Research
Grant Osborne is a master teacher and veteran scholar who knows how to tackle the text and make its meaning clear for all levels of readers. Professor Osborne’s commentary on Mark for the new Teach the Text Commentary Series makes a superb contribution to this new, much-
needed series of commentaries. It is ideal for pastors, students, and laity who want to get into the text but don’t have time to wade through a history of scholarship and the myriad details that are typical of many other commentaries. Professor Osborne’s Mark comes highly recommended. – Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College