Thoroughly engaging with the massive body of scholarship on Mark, Craig Evans’s commentary presents a thorough textual, historical, and theological examination of Mark. He addresses “the synoptic problem” and provides an engaging and stimulating exposition on the church’s second gospel.
“The story also underscores the importance of faith, for along with repentance it is the prerequisite for unleashing the power of the kingdom of God. When faith is present, God works.” (Page 54)
“Your faith has saved you [ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε]; go in peace’ (Luke 7:50). To be saved means to be delivered from whatever ails, afflicts, or threatens one. The idea of salvation, therefore, can refer to deliverance from physical danger, from spiritual oppression, or from the consequences of sin.” (Page 134)
“God permits divorce, not because it is his perfect will but because of human sinfulness. The purpose of the Mosaic law was to check divorce (and protect the relatively defenseless woman), not to encourage it. The religious authorities had never considered this option.” (Page 84)
“Because wealth (τὰ χρήματα) competes for loyalty to God, those who have it will find it very difficult to receive God’s rule.” (Page 100)
“The judgmental thrust is not against Israel but against Israel’s religious caretakers, as the parable of the Wicked Vineyard Tenants (12:1–12) makes clear. The kingdom is not to be given over to the Gentiles, but the leadership of the kingdom is to be taken from the ruling priests and given to Jesus’ disciples. Jews as well as Gentiles will be invited to enter the kingdom.” (Page 154)