This series is designed for those who know biblical languages It is written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, not for the scholar That is, the aim is not to review and offer a critique of every possible interpretation that has ever been given to a passage, but to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting While the focus will not be on application, it is expected that the authors will offer suggestions as to the direction in which application can flow


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  1. Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan says:

    Mark Strauss has provided another winner in the ZECNT series As with other volumes in the series, scholarly information is provided for the studious pastor As it turns out, I imagine scholars will love it too Mr Strauss writes as one in love with the Gospel of Mark To me, that is often the most important element in producing a successful commentary.His Introduction of Mark really provokes the reader s understanding of what the Gospel of Mark seeks to accomplish As is a key focus with this Mark Strauss has provided another winner in the ZECNT series As with other volumes in the series, scholarly information is provided for the studious pastor As it turns out, I imagine scholars will love it too Mr Strauss writes as one in love with the Gospel of Mark To me, that is often the most important element in producing a successful commentary.His Introduction of Mark really provokes the reader s understanding of what the Gospel of Mark seeks to accomplish As is a key focus with this series, he begins by explaining Mark s story of Jesus In describing Mark s fast paced story, he says, this is a gospel narrative on steroids He explains that Jesus is both the mighty Messiah and the Son of God He sees the book of Mark as having two distinct halves, which includes the time where the people were amazed at Christ followed by a time of opposition He traces out the suffering servant motif with good effect too Next, he explains Mark s place in scholarly history, and well defines the various criticisms that have been in vogue over the years He sees narrative criticism as the most significant of our day and then includes a section explaining his approach in this commentary He says it is eclectic, drawing insights from historical critical, social scientific, and narrative methodologies.He goes on to discuss genre, authorship, audience, and date with conservative conclusions in each I enjoyed it evenwhen he got into occasion and purpose and brought out what was, in my view, some of the most interesting features of Mark In literary features, he discusses Mark s structure and a few other unique details that I found extremely helpful.The commentary proper is in the fine ZECNT style that I m growing to appreciateeach day He puts each passage and literary context, provides a main idea, explains the structure, provides an outline, and then jumps into detailed explanatory commentary of the text Though Greek words are used in the text, the English words are nearby and are easy to follow In both the Introduction and in the commentary itself, this volume is theologically rich.I recently had the privilege to review the volume on John in this same series and am amazed by the consistent quality When it comes to an up to date, quality exegetical commentary, these volumes cannot be beat I give this book the highest recommendation I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255


  2. Dan Dan says:

    If you are looking through and evangelical commentary on the Greek of Mark, Mark, by Mark L Strauss published by Zondervan Academic is what you are searching for This commentary is a recent volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series edited by Clinton E Arnold, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume continues the long legacy This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the Mark If you are looking through and evangelical commentary on the Greek of Mark, Mark, by Mark L Strauss published by Zondervan Academic is what you are searching for This commentary is a recent volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series edited by Clinton E Arnold, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume continues the long legacy This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the Mark of the Apostles While Strauss is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this first rate commentary series.Mark begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, this is common place in Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament This works dives into history and recent scholarship, of the book of the Gospel of Mark which always helpful to Pastors, Teachers, and Scholars This introductory section is one of the longest I have had the privilege of reading and it ranks as one of the best interaction with critical scholarship while giving evangelical conclusions.In reference to the commentary sections on the text of the the Gospel of Mark, Strauss, takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader He also uses his own translation of the Greek text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself The outlines that he provides are also of great use for a pastor looking to preach though the Gospel of Mark exegetically.With regard of recommending Mark to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and to a limited extent educated Laymen looking to teach a Sunday school class, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text There are many commentaries about the Gospel of Mark available at this moment but Mark of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is a giant leap above all other commentaries on this book of the Bible.This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.Mark Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament 2014 by Mark L StraussPublisher Zondervan AcademicPage Count 784 PagesISBN 978 0310243588


  3. Nick Roark Nick Roark says:

    Excellent


  4. Spencer R Spencer R says:

    You can read my full review here spoiledmilks dot wordpress dot com 2015 02 22 review matthew zecnt The Chocolate MilkAgain, each section of the ZECNT s layout is beneficial for the reader Each section either breaks down the information in different visual ways for the reader to understand the progression and the flow, brings to light exegetical information on the text, or draws out application for the life of the church Strauss commentary is readable even for the non specialist Strauss cov You can read my full review here spoiledmilks dot wordpress dot com 2015 02 22 review matthew zecnt The Chocolate MilkAgain, each section of the ZECNT s layout is beneficial for the reader Each section either breaks down the information in different visual ways for the reader to understand the progression and the flow, brings to light exegetical information on the text, or draws out application for the life of the church Strauss commentary is readable even for the non specialist Strauss covers details of the Greek text active passive voice, perfect past future tense which most likely for many will still be understandable I don t know how to read Greek, but much of the discussion is still understandable Under some of the Structure sections, Strauss examines the parallels between Mark and the other two Synoptic gospels, showing parallels between the third passion prediction, Jesus passion week, or the Eucharistic words at the Last Supper Sometimes Strauss will examine other parallels, i.e., the two large food feedings in Mark 6 and 8, along with Jesus and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration.At 784 pages, this is a full commentary on Mark Strauss has done a good job at providing us with a solid, evangelical commentary on Mark, one that looks at the structure of the text, what it means, and how we can apply it today My favourite section is the Theology in Application Strauss can t cover everything in the Explanation section, but often what not covered is dealt with in the TiA arena This series is geared towards pastors and teachers who need a solid understanding of the NT, and all readers will enjoy the TiA section, for Strauss writes on a level that puts the cookies on the bottom shelf The Spoiled MilkI would have liked Strauss to spend either less time with some of theexegetical details, ortime one what is actually happening in relation to the surrounding context There are other divisions on the commentary that help with this, but they only span a few sentences Often I find that Strauss digsinto the exegetical details what the Greek says, different verb tenses, what a word may may not mean while spending little time on what that verse would mean to the reader or how it flows from one to the next While there are many references to the OT, Strauss doesn t spend much time looking at the OT context though this may be due to spatial restrictions Yet what he does still say is good and still covers what Jesus would be trying to get at He stays in Mark without getting sidetracked and always remembers the context.Recommended The ZECNT commentaries are very accessible to anyone who will take the time to read them They certainly help to break down the passage, which is one of the most important aspects of studying the Bible Pastors, teachers, and laymen will benefit from Strauss commentary, especially with the Theology in Application sections There s not much here that you won t find in other commentaries, but this is still a great commentary, mainly due to the structure of the ZECNT commentaries Special thanks to Emily and Zondervan for allowing me to review this book I was not obligated to provide a positive review in exchange for this book


  5. Spencer Spencer says:

    Finally finished the lengthy commentary by Strauss This commentary is a detailed exegetical work that does not give much attention to historical criticism or source criticism So for most people with some Greek, this will be a great commentary If you reinterested in the Synoptic Problem, look elsewhere This is a great work and while it has some shortcomings, it s not intended to be a research commentary but a teaching commentary It s on this point that the commentary excels Adapting S Finally finished the lengthy commentary by Strauss This commentary is a detailed exegetical work that does not give much attention to historical criticism or source criticism So for most people with some Greek, this will be a great commentary If you reinterested in the Synoptic Problem, look elsewhere This is a great work and while it has some shortcomings, it s not intended to be a research commentary but a teaching commentary It s on this point that the commentary excels Adapting Strauss s commentary for teaching with supplemental materials was very effective in teaching this Gospel Highly recommended


  6. Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy says:

    Full review is on my blog here not necessarily offering anything new, Strauss Mark commentary is a solid contribution to the ZECNT series and certainly recommended for pastors and teachers for its accessibility, clarity of prose and particularly the content in the Theology in Application sections.Some knowledge of Greek is beneficial, but not necessary Given its format, Mark would serve well giving an introduction a passage, with other commentari Full review is on my blog here not necessarily offering anything new, Strauss Mark commentary is a solid contribution to the ZECNT series and certainly recommended for pastors and teachers for its accessibility, clarity of prose and particularly the content in the Theology in Application sections.Some knowledge of Greek is beneficial, but not necessary Given its format, Mark would serve well giving an introduction a passage, with other commentaries filling in the detail and meeting other needs