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A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship (Bayer)

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Hans Bayer places Mark’s Gospel in its biblical context and explores the dynamic relationship between Jesus and his disciples—a process in which Jesus radically transforms them from self-dependent to God-dependent—beginning with their hearts.

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Table of Contents:

Part 1: Mark as Biography and Message of God's Eternal Rule

1. Mark as Biography and Memorized Witness Account

2. Mark's Structure, Purpose, and Flow of Thought

3. Mark's Thematic Framework: The In-Breaking of God's Eternal Rule

Part 2: The Dynamic Between God's Messiah and Authentic Disciples

4. Witness to the Unique Person of Jesus

5. Jesus' Fundamental Challenge to the Twelve and to All Disciples

6. Christ like Character

7. Eight Discipleship Qualities

8. A reciprocal Approach to Discipleship

9. Following Mark's Call in the Twenty-first Century



Hans F. Bayer (Ph.D., the University of Aberdeen) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.



"Hans Bayer reads the book of Mark with the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a lover, and the humility of a disciple. His aim is to show how self-perception (both individual and corporate) and God-perception shaped by the Gospel simultaneously result in reconciled relationships and radical discipleship. Here is theology and biblical commentary at its best – rooted in powerful textual insights and rigorously applied to contemporary discipleship. The insights are profound; the grace is sweet." - Bryan Chapell, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"Bayer's reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship is worth the price of the book alone." - Scotty Smith, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee

"A crew of seasoned Reformed sailors has set out to encompass a new Treasure Island - an up-to-the-minute, mid-range, pastorally focused collection of Explorations in Biblical Theology." - J.I. Packer, Regent College