As I was teaching through the Gospel of Mark at CCBCY this past semester, I leaped at the chance to review Rikk Watts’ lectures through the book at Regent College. Rick Watts is known as an expert on the Gospel of Mark and these lectures filled a gap in my resources, as I wanted to hear the book taught in a college environment with 2 hour lectures over similar length semester to ours. It seemed the perfect choice. I was not wrong!
Category: Mark (page 1 of 2)
Mark Strauss is the author of the acclaimed Gospels introduction Four Portraits, One Jesus and has provided the edition for Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT).
So far in our series on Mark 13, we have seen three different approaches. One is to switch back and forth from AD70 to the Second Coming, and the other two either push the text into the past or into the future. Each view has the same difficulty: verses don’t want to fit!
As noted in the opening post, one difficulty with interpreting Mark 13 is that some verses appear to refer to Jesus’ near future, but others to the distant future. Stein embraced this tension by seeing Jesus as switching back and forth from near to far future. Wright and France attempted to resolve the tension by pulling the passage – or most of it – into the past. Another solution is to do the opposite and push the entire text into the distant future and see Jesus as speaking entirely of the events leading up to the Second Coming
As we saw in the previous post on Mark 13, it is difficult to see where Jesus switches from describing the destruction of the temple in AD70 to His return. What if the answer is that Mark 13 isn’t about His second coming at all?