“The Gospel of Mark is not a biography of Jesus,” writes D. Edmond Hiebert, “but rather a delineation of the ‘good news’ of salvation made available through the suffering Servant of Jehovah. The picture presented is in harmony with the declared purpose of Jesus that ‘the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’”
Following a “clause-by-clause” approach, this commentary closely scrutinizes the text of the Gospel but without losing sight of the overall thrust and purpose of the book. The commentary also gives attention to the meaning of the original Greek but does so in a manner that is understandable to the student who is unfamiliar with the language. The goal is to help the reader understand and appreciate the “good news” that Mark proclaims.
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“The statement of Jesus is a picture of that which is utterly impossible with men, yet can be accomplished through faith in the power of God.” (Page 326)
“The teaching of both parables is that the new life of redemption in Christ cannot be confined to the old legalistic forms of Judaism.” (Page 79)
“Jesus set no limits to the possibilities of prayer, but such successful praying must have a true foundation. The one praying can only have such confidence if he is sure that what he is asking is in harmony with the will of God and furthers His purpose. Such confidence is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word.” (Page 326)
“It seems best to preserve the natural meaning of generation as denoting the people alive at a given time and accept the view that the reference is to that future, turbulent, wicked generation that will see the actual beginning of those eschatological events (vv. 14–23). The assurance is that the end-time crisis will not be of indefinite duration.” (Page 385)
“In my judgment, the most probable view is that the primary reference was to the transfiguration serving as a visible type of the eschatological coming of the kingdom.” (Page 242)
D. Edmond Hiebert (1910–1995) was a noted author, teacher, and Bible commentator. He received his AB in history from John Fletcher College and his ThM and ThD from Southern Baptist Seminary. Before and during his seminary training he served as a pastor; following his graduation from seminary he served as professor of New Testament at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. In 1955 he became professor of Greek and New Testament at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA. He authored 17 books—the majority of them focusing on New Testament books and topics. He has also contributed articles to various periodicals including The Christian Leader, The Defender, The Journal of Church & Society, Bibliotheca Sacra, and Direction.