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!
Tag: Gospel of Mark
We have all been on the receiving end of a good joke told poorly. There was nothing wrong with the content, the problem was delivery. Somehow, words that are hilarious when told one way lose their power when told another. The point is that delivery is just as important as content, and the same goes for the Bible. In fact, it’s been said that the words of a Scripture give half of the meaning but the literary structure gives the other half. That is, the way the words are arranged are just as important as the words themselves! To be good readers, we must be clued in to the literary strategies of the authors of Scripture.
Jesus’ statements are regularly controversial. This is unsurprising since He is often challenging, divisive, surprising, and always profound. When it comes to Mark 2:23-28, His words are exceptionally controversial because here He appears to be wrong. When recounting the story of David eating the showbread, Jesus refers to Abiathar being the high priest, when in fact it was actually his father Ahimelech (1 Sam 21).