Mark, the fifth volume in the series, is a study of the gospel of Mark, which is generally regarded as the first account of Jesus life and work that was written.
There is broad agreement that this gospel was written by John Mark, one of the apostle Paul's companions and missionary helpers. Sproul's coimmentary puts particular focus on Jesus as the Son of God. It is thought that the book was written to encourage the believers in Rome during the time of Nero's persecutions. Mark includes sixty-two chapters, each of which began as a St. Andrew's chapel sermon and deals with major themes as he moves through the book passage by passage.
Though the book is an expositional commentary --that is, it does not deal with each and every verse-but it unpacks key ideas in Dr. Sproul's easily understandable style. Readers will find invaluable insights into the goals Mark had in writing his gospel, the background for Jesus time, and the meanings of some of Mark's most difficult passages. Mark is an easily readable introduction to this unique record of Jesus life, packed with insights and exhortations that will draw the reader closer to the Savior and encourage him or her to a greater depth of love and devotion to Him.
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Review 1 for Mark: St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary
Great thoughts on Mark's Gospel
Date:December 30, 2012
Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Commentary on Mark is a 430 Page devotional style commentary that seeks to expound each section of the Gospel of Mark. The commentary doesn’t go through and discuss each verse individually but rather comments on chunks or sections of the text. Dr. Sproul has a style of teaching and preaching that at times can be scholarly and technical and at other times easy to understand and accessible for the layman. His commentary on Mark: Saint Andrews Expositional Commentary is not a technical commentary bogged down with lots of theological jargon, text critical notes, or discussions of theological debates but instead is written in a clear and easy to understand style with lots of illustrations that anyone can read and understand. The style of the commentary is due to the fact that it’s based on his sermons that he preached at St. Andrew’s. “What you hold in your hand, then, is a written record of my preaching labors amid my beloved Sanford congregation. The dear saints who sit under my preaching encouraged me to give my sermons a broader hearing. To that end, the chapters that follow were adapted from a sermon series I preached at St. Andrew’s.”(Taken from the series Preface) Dr. Sproul is a Reformed theologian and so some of his interpretations and conclusions are focused in that direction so you may find times in the commentary where you disagree with his theology as I did but on the whole this is a great devotional commentary that has wonderful insights. If you are the type of person who enjoys reading technical commentaries only this one isn’t for you. I should also mention that just because it’s easy and not overly technical to read doesn’t mean Dr. Sproul makes wild assertions or that this is simply a commentary full of fluff and no substance. Quite the opposite is true. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a simple devotional commentary on the Gospel of Mark.
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