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Focused Biblical Scholarship to Teach the Text Effectively

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By concentrating each carefully selected preaching unit into six pages of focused commentary, each volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color images.

Mark's concern in his Gospel is that his readers know the good news of who Jesus is: God's Son and suffering Messiah. It is a book of action, demonstrating Jesus's identity with a strong emphasis on what he did--acts of service and of power that often left onlookers amazed. Inherent in this revelation of Jesus's identity is a call to radical discipleship fueled by total dependence on him. Renowned scholar Grant R. Osborne provides keen insights to help preachers and teachers bring Mark's important message to life for today's listeners.

"I recommend this commentary--and the Teach the Text series generally--to teachers and pastors who want quick access to the basic meaning of the biblical text."--Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; chair, Committee on Bible Translation

"A concise yet seasoned, sensitive treatment of this important Gospel. Be prepared to learn more not only about Jesus but also about the walk of faith from a well-qualified guide."--Darrell L. Bock, executive director of cultural engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"This commentary shows Grant Osborne at his very best--combining his mature understanding of the Bible with practical application and illustration."--Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College

"Grant Osborne's Mark, written with the insights of a lifetime of researching, writing, teaching, and preaching the Word of God, is accessible to pastors and Bible study leaders alike."--Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; associate editor, Bulletin of Biblical Research

"A superb contribution to this new, much-needed series of commentaries. It is ideal for pastors, students, and laity who want to get into the text but don't have time to wade through a history of scholarship and the myriad details that are typical of many other commentaries."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College


Grant R. Osborne (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of a number of books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, and Revelation.


Endorsements

"Grant Osborne's Mark admirably fulfills the goals of the Teach the Text Commentary Series by making accessible to a wide audience the best of scholarship on the book. I recommend this commentary--and the Teach the Text series generally--to teachers and pastors who want quick access to the basic meaning of the biblical text."

Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; chair

"Grant Osborne has been teaching about Jesus and the Gospels for forty years. Now he brings all that experience and expertise to a study of the Gospel of Mark. The result is a concise yet seasoned, sensitive treatment of this important Gospel. So open this book and be prepared to learn more not only about Jesus but also about the walk of faith from a well-qualified guide."

Darrell L. Bock, executive director of cultural engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"This commentary shows Grant Osborne at his very best--combining his mature understanding of the Bible with practical application and illustration. Osborne brings a lifetime of studying and living God's Word to each unit, in which he moves from the big idea to illustration by way of exegesis and teachable theological truths. The illustrations run the gamut from Augustine to Downton Abbey, and many points in between. I thoroughly enjoyed these many and varied examples and think that they will be of great benefit to pastors and teachers who are looking for help in making Mark's Gospel come alive for their hearers."

Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College

"Grant Osborne's Mark, written with the insights of a lifetime of researching, writing, teaching, and preaching the Word of God, is accessible to pastors and Bible study leaders alike. The balanced focus on historical details and the theological message is consistently instructive, and the sections on teaching and illustrating the text will help readers to not only read this Gospel but also apply it to their own lives and to the life of the church."

Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; associate editor, Bulletin of Biblical Research

"Grant Osborne is a master teacher and veteran scholar who knows how to tackle the text and make its meaning clear for all levels of readers. Professor Osborne's commentary on Mark for the new Teach the Text Commentary Series makes a superb contribution to this new, much-needed series of commentaries. It is ideal for pastors, students, and laity who want to get into the text but don't have time to wade through a history of scholarship and the myriad details that are typical of many other commentaries. Professor Osborne's Mark comes highly recommended."

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

"Few commentaries help the reader move beyond study to thoughtful application, and fewer still move beyond application to teaching. That's why I am thrilled with the Teach the Text Commentary Series from Baker. Pastors and teachers are going to love this series. I highly recommend it."--George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University, Jackson, TN

"Pastors, communicators, and fellow Bible teachers, shove some books over and make room on your shelves. The Teach the Text Commentary Series was specifically envisioned with us in the lens and emphasizes precisely what matters most: communicating the heart of the authoritative text itself. Here is the best of biblical scholarship made accessible, applicable, and relevant to life right here on the hot pavement where we need it most."--Beth Moore, author and teacher

"Most commentaries are either too technical or too light to be of much help, leaving us to wander through the text on our own. Accurately balanced between good scholarship and solid preaching perspectives, these commentaries provide an unusually deep and relevant approach to the text. If you take preaching and teaching the Word seriously you must take this series seriously as well. "--Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University

"I love Bible commentaries. But, some are too much; some are too little. The Teach the Text Commentary Series lands right in the middle--the best of scholarship in a manageable size for busy pastors and teachers."--Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals, and Pastor Emeritus, Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series builds a wonderful bridge between the academic works of the past and contemporary works of the present day. The content is easy to comprehend while giving enough meaty knowledge so everyday students and teachers of the Bible can grab hold of the powerful text with an assurance of sound interpretation. I can't wait for my first copy to sit squarely on the corner of my desk!"--Dr. David Anderson, Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series is a perfect tool for the pastor looking for 'sermon-ready' insights. They not only provide the most relevant 'sermon-friendly' information but organize it in a manner that makes it simple for the pastor to use."--Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego, CA

"We live in an era that desperately needs to hear not more cheap advice about successful living but "the words of eternal life." That means burrowing deeply into Scripture--and coming out again with fresh theological and spiritual insights for living. The Teach the Text Commentary Series does that admirably. I love the way it connects text to background to theology to illustration. I can't recall any commentary series that has done all that better. "--Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

"I cannot think of a more urgently needed commentary series for the life of a pastor or teacher. There is far too much teaching that does not give the learners the depths and theology of Scripture that they deserve to hear. That is what makes the Teach the Text Commentary Series so unique and extremely needed today. I personally think that the Teach the Text Commentary Series should be read not only by pastors or teachers but by all Christians who desire to understand the incredible richness of the Bible in our lives."--Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church and teacher at Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series is an ideal tool for busy pastors and teachers. Written by top-notch scholars, who 'get it' when it comes to understanding the weekly pressure of preaching a weekly sermon, these volumes get right to the heart of each biblical passage, with sound exegesis, theological insights, and relevant application. I highly recommend the series."--Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, La Mesa, CA

"Teach the Text is the kind of commentary I have wanted for a long time. It deals with the kinds of questions that busy pastors have to ask and answer in order to preach the Scriptures every week. I commend it to those of you who are in that kind of ministry."--Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"At last, a commentary series written by serious scholars who are seriously aiming at aiding teachers and preachers in the church. This puts whole worlds of biblical context and information in the hands that need it most."--John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author of Who Is This Man?

"Rarely does a commentary series provide strong practical application alongside the exegetical analysis and insight of a biblical text. The beauty of the Teach the Text Commentary Series is that it does both! This series is ideal for the pastor that not only wants to communicate theological truth, but wants to do it in a way that is relevant and effective in today's culture."--Jarrett Stephens, Teaching Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

"I wish I could have had a commentary like Teach the Text for the last twenty-seven years I have been preaching. It will save me time and make me a better preacher. I'm going to buy every commentary in this series."--Dr. Stan Van Den Berg, Senior Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Orange, CA

"As a teacher and preacher of Romans, I am grateful for Dr. Marvin Pate's excellent resource in Baker's Teach the Text Commentary Series. I have searched long and hard for the right commentary to recommend to my undergraduate students and zealous parishioners. Now I will look no further! I read everything that Dr. Pate writes because he is not only a world-class scholar but also a pastoral practitioner. I have found his treatment of the Epistle of Romans to be the perfect blend of scholarship and application. I will use it as my required textbook and recommend it broadly."--Keith R. Krell, Senior Pastor, Fourth Memorial Church, Spokane, Washington; Associate Professor of Biblical Exposition, Moody Bible Institute Spokane


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    Grant R. Osborne

    Grant R. Osborne (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of a number of books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral.

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