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by R.A. Cole

eBook TNTC: Mark (Tyndale Commentaries Series) download ISBN: 0851118712
Author: R.A. Cole
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press; 3rd edition (1989)
Language: English
Pages: 340
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It is published by the Inter-Varsity Press.

It is published by the Inter-Varsity Press.

InterVarsity Press, 1989.

France, R. T. Matthew. InterVarsity Press, 1986. Ranking Matthew : (not ranked). InterVarsity Press, 1989. Ranking Mark : ranked 9. Schnabel, Eckhard J. Mark. Ranking Mark : (not ranked).

Publisher: IVP Academic (August 7, 2008).

Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable, and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The evenness and quality of this series are remarkable.

He accepts the historicity of the events of the Book of Exodus, and pretty much only conservative scholars do that.

These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means.

Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The introduction to each volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration

Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, each book offers clear, reliable, and relevant expositions.

So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible. Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia. Within its constraints, this series includes some outstanding volumes. You might also lik. 01 Ways to Reach Your Community.

Matthew by R. France. Mark by R. Alan Cole.

These authors are dedicated to presenting clear, readable, section-by-section explanations of Scripture. Matthew by R.

Great expositional commentary on the gospel of Mark
Comments: (7)
The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series has produced a number of imitators in the last forty years. Some, like InterVarsity Press' The Bible Speaks Today series, have proven useful; others have not been worth the paper on which they were printed. But the Tyndale series remains unsurpassed for bringing scholarly insights to the books of Scripture in an accessible style that prizes economy of words.

This particular commentary by Alan Cole on the Gospel of Mark brings keen insight into the theology of this wonderfully pithy Gospel. Cole has understood that the big message of this Gospel is to answer two questions: Who is Jesus Christ? and, What has he come to do? With remarkable clarity, insight and his well-known economy of words, Cole addresses how Mark answers these questions about Jesus.

Working within Mark's own framework, Cole underscores that Jesus is the Son of God (1:1), who has come to bring the good news of the kingdom of God to his people (cf. 1:14f.). Cole unfolds Mark's underappreciated skill as an editor who brings together various episodes from Jesus' life in such a way that the reader is brought to the conclusion that Jesus is indeed the divine Son of God who has come to this world to pay the penalty that sinners owe God for their rebellion against him. The Gospel of Mark is about the cross, about Jesus' substitutionary death on behalf of those who turn to him in faith and repentance. Cole never relents in revealing this central focus of Mark's Gospel.

Most readers will have no problem following Cole's commentary. Key words are explained; theology is succinctly expounded. Pastors who want a bit more would do well to supplement Cole with 1) C.E.B. Cranfield's commentary on Mark (Cambridge Greek New Testament Commentary), unsurpassed for its philological insights into Mark's theology; 2) William Lane's commentary (New Internation Commentary on the New Testament) for its in-depth treatment of Mark in terms of philology, historical background and theology. But, if you can only have one commentary on Mark, you would be hard pressed to do better than Alan Cole's commentary.
I like how helpful this commentary is. Lots of background on Mark in the first part of the commentary- I think 100 pages worth. This gives great insight and understanding of the book before even getting into exposition. The focus of the commentary is not academic. I appreciate this for the purpose I'm using it- to teach elementary students through Mark. It has been informative, and also quite helpful in helping me to think about Mark's Gospel, drawing me into the Word. I recommend it.
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The full review posted on January 4, 2018, on my blog, Spoiled Milks

The first commentary on the Gospel of Mark was written in the sixth century, and between “AD 650 and 1000, thirteen major commentaries were written on Matthew, but only four on Mark” (Strauss, 20). Despite the long neglect, much study has been done over Mark’s short Gospel for more than the last century.

Eckhard Schnabel, Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell, replaces Alan Cole’s Mark volume in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary (TNTC) series with a Christmas meal—441 pages of commentary on the shortest Gospel. While adding to the growing list of commentaries, Schnabel (also the TNTC’s series editor) did not write a commentary of commentaries on Mark. Instead, writing for pastors, students, and laypeople, he comments on the meaning of Mark through theological reflection, historical points of reference, the meanings of words, and the literary development of the characters.

Schnabel gives very little attention to Markan priority (whether Mark’s Gospel was written first), saying that Markan priority “continues to be plausible,” but that “these questions are more significant for commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke” (4). Thankfully, Schnabel examines the text and not a possible Markan community behind the text, though he does acknowledge future Mark’s clarifications for Gentile readers (14, 162).

He takes Mark to be the actual author (12), probably writing from Rome for various churches (14) anywhere between 50–64 AD. We don’t know what Mark’s sources are, but if Papias is correct, Mark’s “most significant — and perhaps the only — source” was Peter (18). Mark ends his Gospel at 16.8. Abrupt endings are attested in antiquity, and within the Bible Jonah ends abruptly and Acts ends with Paul still alive and his legal case unresolved. To paraphrase Demetrius (whom Schnabel quotes), some points need to be worked out be the hearers themselves (22-23).

Schnabel disregards William Wrede’s hypothesis of Mark’s “Messianic secret.” If there is nothing messianic about Jesus or his ministry, then there is no explanation for his death, nor is there any explanation as to how his disciples transformed their “unmessianic master into the Messiah after Easter” (25).

Mark does not have a “vendetta” against the disciples (29), but merely gives an “unvarnished” (aka, authentic) look at their pre-resurrection responses to Jesus (30). Nobody imagined a Messiah who would die, and though on occasion Jesus does rebuke the disciples, he often explains himself to them.

Schnabel provides much good historical and factual information on various people (Pilate, p. 394-95; the Sanhedrin, p. 373), places (Jerusalem, p. 261), and the timing of the Passover (350-51). Some of these details seem a bit much, such as the possible “House of Peter (1.29–31), heights of various mountains in Israel, and how a clay lamp was made in Galilean workshops (4.21). It can make the text seem too busy, and I personally think some of these details would work better as footnotes. Still, his points on why people go “up” to Jerusalem (247), just how the friends could dig their way through the roof of a house (65), or who Barabbas was (400), help make sense of the text. Schnabel is a careful exegete and historian. 

Unfortunately, there are no indices in this volume (or in any of the Old and New Testament series).

I’ve read (chunks of) quite a few Markan commentaries. Schnabel’s volume isn’t going to break new ground, but he is trustworthy when it comes to biblical exegesis and exposition. He keeps the Gospel’s context in view in his theology sections, making sure that he doesn’t interpret something apart from anything else Mark has said, and points to Christ as our one and true Savior whose death ransomed sinners and inaugurated the new covenant. The pastor, student, Bible college teacher, and layperson would be filled with this huge 441 page meal.
I have been preaching Mark for several months and have found Cole's Tyndale commentary to be extremely helpful. I have also been using William Lane's NICNT Commentary as another primary resource, and on old Communicator's Commentary on Mark as a very distant secondary help (though it is really not very good or helpful). Lane's work is significantly longer and excellent, but Cole's commentary can't be matched for concision and focus. Cole manages to address the important questions and issues with great faithfulness to the Lord and Scripture and does so with great economy and power. There are occasional passages where I want a bit more study than Cole's brief work offers, but over and over I find it to be extremely useful despite its short length. Highly recommended.