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Mark By the Book: A New Multidirectional Method for Understanding the Synoptic Gospels (Smuts)

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P. W. Smuts uses the gospel of Mark as a springboard to compel readers to interpret the Synoptic Gospels against the broader sweep of redemptive history by advocating a “multidirectional” hermeneutic—one that looks downward into the immediate context, sideways into parallel traditions, backward into the Old Testament background, and forward into relevant New Testament passages.


Table of Contents:

  1. An Introduction to Mark’s Gospel
  2. Jesus Is Introduced
  3. Jesus Heals a Paralytic
  4. Jesus Pronounces on the Sabbath
  5. Jesus Teaches in Parables
  6. Jesus Helps the Helpless
  7. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
  8. Jesus Helps a Gentile
  9. Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
  10. Jesus Is Transfigured
  11. Jesus Challenges a Rich Man
  12. Jesus Clears the Temple
  13. Jesus Endorses the Commandment to Love
  14. Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple
  15. Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
  16. Jesus Lays Down His Life on a Cross
  17. Jesus Rises from the Dead 



P. W. Smuts (PhD) teaches hermeneutics, homiletics, and biblical Greek at the Bible Institute of South Africa near Cape Town.



"What a wonderful idea—a commentary for redemptive-historical preaching! Here we have a skillful unfolding of the message of Mark. . . . Dr. Smuts has clearly immersed himself in Mark . . . and here is the fruit of his study: informed, accessible, enthusiastic, and pastoral." — Dan G. McCartney, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas

"Dr. Smuts’s studies in Mark’s gospel provide instructive examples of his ‘multidirectional’ hermeneutic that demonstrate the potential of his approach for a sound understanding of the other gospels." — Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"I commend Mark by the Book for four reasons. First, experience: it is the product of years of teaching. Second, focus: it is crystal clear, insightful, Christ centered. Third, practicality: it works. The author has successfully used it to train students how to interpret Scripture better. Fourth, fruit: the result is better handling of God’s Word, more love for Jesus, and a greater zeal to spread the good news—four very good things!" — Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis