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Mobile Ed: NT318 Book Study: The Gospel of Mark in Its Roman Context (8 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT318 Book Study: The Gospel of Mark in Its Roman Context (8 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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Overview

Explore the social settings, traditions, and historical setting, as well as the question of the authorship of Mark. Tackle the first half of Mark, which is dedicated to Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, where he performed miracles; and the second half of Mark, which is focused on Jesus in Jerusalem and the passion. Discover the purpose of Mark’s Gospel, which is to present Jesus as God’s true Son who fulfills his mission on earth. Dr. Craig Evans sheds light on the book of Mark and brings the text to life.

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

  • Who Wrote Mark and When? Part 1
  • Who Wrote Mark and When? Part 2
  • Living Voices
  • Mark and Qumran Cave 7
  • Manuscripts of Mark
  • Historical Context of Mark
  • Mark’s Incipit

Unit 2: Jesus’ Public Ministry Begins

  • Mark’s Thesis Statement (1:1–3)
  • John the Baptist
  • The Kingdom of God in Mark 1:15
  • Jesus in Capernaum

Unit 3: Jesus’ Power as Exorcist and Healer

  • Names and Pigs
  • Jesus Succeeds Where Others Fail
  • Exorcism Methods
  • Jesus versus Solomon
  • Wanted: Holy Spirit Power
  • Enduring Legacy of Jesus’ Power

Unit 4: Son of Man, Apostles of God

  • Healing and Forgiving the Paralytic
  • Son of Man
  • Apostles Sent by God
  • Sowing the Word
  • Structure of Mark

Unit 5: Messianic Revelations

  • Peter’s Confession of Christ
  • Jesus’ Passion Prophecy
  • Take Up Your Cross
  • Heavenly Confirmation

Unit 6: Kingdom Ethics and Relationships

  • Divorce
  • Children
  • The Rich Man
  • Wealth and the Kingdom of God
  • Service in the Kingdom
  • Suffering as Atonement in Jewish Tradition
  • Healing of Bartimaeus

Unit 7: Jesus in Jerusalem

  • Triumphal Entry: Part 1
  • Triumphal Entry: Part 2
  • The Fig Tree
  • House of Prayer or Robbers’ Den?
  • Jeremiah’s Warning
  • Jesus’ Calculated Risk

Unit 8: Escalating Antagonism

  • Narrative Structure
  • By What Authority?
  • Wicked Vineyard Tenants: Part 1
  • Wicked Vineyard Tenants: Part 2
  • Trying to Trap Jesus
  • David and the Identity of the Messiah
  • Greed on Display
  • Jesus’ End Times Prophecies

Unit 9: Road to the Cross

  • Devotion and Betrayal
  • The Last Supper
  • Words of Institution
  • Gethsemane
  • Jesus’ Arrest
  • Jesus’ Trial
  • Peter’s Denial

Unit 10: Death, Burial, and Resurrection

  • Jesus before Pilate
  • King of the Jews
  • The Death of Jesus
  • Jesus’ Burial
  • The Resurrection of Jesus
  • The Last Twelve Verses of Mark
  • Was Jesus Really Resurrected?

Conclusion

  • Bringing the Gospel to Life

About the Instructor

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, a commentary on Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Jesus and the Ossuaries, and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. He recently served on the advisory board of the Gospel of Judas project for the National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs such as Dateline, as well as in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.