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N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study: Mark
About this Series
The widely respected pastor and New Testament scholar, N. T. Wright, walks you book by book through the entire New Testament in this series. Perfect for group use or daily personal reflection, these studies use the popular inductive method combined with Wright's thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.
About this Volume
Here Israel was, the people of God, his chosen nation, and yet the land he'd given them was occupied by the enemy Romans. The solution for many--one they thought the Messiah would lead--was to take up arms against Rome, violently expel it and restore God's kingdom. Jesus, however, came with a much different message, announcing a different kind of kingdom than they had imagined. These twenty studies on Mark's Gospel give us a fresh, true picture of Jesus and the kingdom he brought, that we might choose his solutions as we participate in his kingdom even today.
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- Includes suggestions for individual and group study (with leader's guide)
- Features the popular inductive Bible study method with notes and comments from a world-renowned New Testament scholar
- Designed specifically for lay people to facilitate contemporary application of Scripture
From the Preface
Mark's Gospel is the shortest and sharpest of the early stories about Jesus. Many people think Mark's Gospel was the first to be written, and certainly it has all the zip and punch of a quick story that's meant to grab you by the collar and make you face the truth about Jesus, about God and about yourself.
There is a sense of urgency in the Gospel of Mark. We find the word immediately many times in the first two chapters and several times after that. Early in chapter 1 the main theme of Jesus' ministry is articulated: God's kingdom is arriving. The kingdom of God is at hand (1:15). Something momentous is happening. Be alert! The train is about to leave the station. Jump on board before it is too late!What was the crisis? For the century or so before Jesus' time the whole region had been overrun by the Romans. The legions had marched in and taken over, as they did everywhere from Britain to Egypt. Whoever got in their way was crushed. A few people--local politicians, tax collectors, call girls--did all right out of the Romans. Most people, though, saw them as The Enemy. As satan incarnate. They longed to see the Romans pushed out of the land. Rome was the Monster of all monsters. Rome was unclean. Rome was a nation of pigs. And like the pigs into which Jesus sent the legion of demons who were possessing the Gentile man in Mk 5, they should be thrown back into the Mediterranean Sea.
But here they were, the people of God, his chosen nation, and yet the land he'd given them, promised them, was occupied by enemies. Where was God? Why did he not act? Why were they in exile in their own land? The solution for many was to take up arms against Rome, violently expel it and restore God's kingdom.
Jesus knew, however, that this path on which Israel was heading with her Roman oppressors was a battle they would be sure to lose. Rome was simply too strong and too ruthless. Yes, God promised his kingdom, but it would not be the political, military kingdom they expected. And yes, the kingdom would come through the Messiah but not through the kind of Messiah they expected either.
For there was an enemy far more powerful than Rome that had to be dealt with--the satan. All of these forces were heading to an imminent climax. So this redefined kingdom must be announced immediately, before it was too late. Through this guide, we will see what this kingdom would look like and what the king would do in the story Mark tells us.
About the Author(s)
N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are Surprised by Hope and Simply Christian.
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