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The Gospel According To Mark: Meaning And Message (Opening the Scriptures) [Paperback]

By George Martin (Author)
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Pages   475
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2005
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829419705  
EAN  9780829419702  

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The Gospel According to Mark is the first volume in the Opening the Scripture series by Loyola Press. Its subtitle, Meaning and Message, indicates its nature and purpose. It carefully examimes the meaning of the biblical text in order to discern the message of the Gospel of Mark for readers today.

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A good study tool  Jan 9, 2007
We are using this book in a group setting but is probably just as good a tool for use by oneself. It is very informative. Used with a Bible, checking on Old Testament and New Testament related scripture, a wonderful picture comes through and you can relate to Mark's story!
Popular, Practical, Personal  Nov 21, 2005
I found George Martin's, The Gospel According to Mark, a pleasure to read and very practical. He has thoroughly researched the scholarship on Mark and used it to under gird his observations. Martin's writing is clear and direct. He writes popularly, but substantially, so the book serves both lay readers like me and Bible scholars as well. And he does not take us down rabbit trails on technical matters that would sidetrack us from the main purpose of understanding the text at hand.
The book is also easy to read because it is laid out intelligently and gracefully. The gospel is presented in the text, so I did not have to go back and forth between it and my Bible. Passages of Mark are printed in bold and are followed by Martin's explanations in standard type. Scattered throughout the book are very informative blocks of information about the social, political, economic, and religious background of the gospel.
The Gospel According to Mark has changed the way I read the Bible. Martin's sentence by sentence explanation of the meaning of Mark's words and what they said to Mark's original readers has caused me to approach all Scripture with more care. His disciplined approach to figuring out the context of each passage has shown me the importance of working hard at discovering what the writers of Scripture intended to say to their first readers and what they say to me.
Best of all, however, George Martin's book has unpacked the meaning if Mark's gospel so effectively for me so that I am getting to know Jesus better, which is one of my life goals.
Worthwhile and Spiritually Challenging Reading  Oct 4, 2005
Although I prefer the Revised Standard Version, I can understand why George Martin uses the New American Bible translation of the Gospel of Mark as the basis of his fine commentary--it is the translation used in the Catholic lectionary. In spite of using a translation I do not prefer, Martin's commentary is very good because he seeks to use the Gospel to challenge the reader with penetrating questions. Martin's commentary, like the Gospel itself, calls us to conversion. Instead of a dry academic commentary, Martin gives us a pastoral commentary that, at the same time, is scholarly in the best sense of the term. For example, he includes valuable historical and theological background information in various text boxes throughout the book. I will quibble with him on two matters only. First, he seems, to me at least, to push the envelope a bit too much in speculating about the limitations of Jesus' knowledge inherent in his human nature (see, for example, pp. 333, 359-60). Second, I flatly disagree with his analysis of Jesus' saying that in the resurrected life "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" in the pericope at Mark 12:18-27. Martin speculates that Jesus may mean "that there will be no new marriages in heaven, not that existing marriages will be dissolved" (p. 322). In my opinion, the plain meaning of the pericope is that the earthly marriages of the widow are in fact dissolved at death--none of the seven marriages becomes part of the risen life. This meaning is certainly consistent with the Catholic view that marriages are dissolved when either party dies. There may be at work here a lurking Western cultural "romanticism" in the commentary. Other than those two quibbles, I think all would greatly gain, as I did, from reading this spiritually challenging commentary.

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