By C. Clifton Black

ISBN-10: 0687058414

ISBN-13: 9780687058419

Mark’s genius lies, now not in telling a narrative approximately Jesus, yet in developing stipulations less than which the reader may possibly event the abnormal caliber of God’s excellent news. The Evangelist hurries one alongside breathlessly, “immediately,” to ensure that the reader lurches with the characters into one pothole after one other. “What is that this new educating” that consorts with the flagrantly sinful, turning the pious homicidal, intimates into strangers, and mustard seeds into “the maximum of all … shrubs”?

Jesus’ closest adherents, the Twelve, are one of the such a lot muddled. Who can blame them? They ask for an vague parable’s interpretation and obtain a solution much more confounding. they're advised to feed millions with subsequent to not anything. Their boat virtually capsizes whereas their instructor sleeps. As they oar in tough waters, the trainer strides the waves desiring to skip them. placing the reader within the related boat, Mark buildings conversations with Jesus that make little experience, if any. The Twelve are craven, silly, self-serving, and disobedient: meet the common Christian. in addition to, “their hearts have been hardened.” Who hardens hearts? God. aren't God’s Messiah elevate the burdens of these following him? what sort of Christ heads to a go, handing his disciples one other for themselves. “Do you no longer but understand?”  from the Introduction

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