Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Feasting on the Gospels: Mark - A Review

Cynthia A. Jarvis and E. Elizabeth Johnson
Once again the editors of this new series from Westminster John Knox Press  have built an excellent commentary using a multi-prong approach.  Each Pericope is examined from four perspectives:

  1. Theological
  2. Pastoral
  3. Exegetical
  4. Homiletical

The text can best be read using a paper edition or a tablet capable of displaying two pages (with two columns per page) adjacent to each other - as the four perspectives are designed to seen in parallel across two pages.  Doing otherwise makes following the four separate essays a bit difficult to follow.  It can be done, but it is not convenient.  If the page design for reading on a small tablet or phone had been altered to allow each essay to be read in its entirety before moving on to a new perspective or pericope.  

As in the earlier volumes, the writing is well-done and useful to the man or woman preparing for the Sunday's pulpit.  Because different authors are used for each of the four perspectives, the reader is presented with multiple ideas or approaches to the text.  As I mentioned in previous reviews, I hope that this series of commentaries is extended to eventually cover the entire scripture, not merely the four Gospels.  I look forward to coming volumes in the months ahead.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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