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Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man:  A Commentary on Mark 13
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Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13


IVP Academic 2014

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The Gospels contain many hard sayings of Jesus, but perhaps none have puzzled and intrigued readers as much as Jesus’ discourse on the coming of the Son of Man in Mark 13. Is Jesus speaking entirely of an event in the near future, a coming destruction of the temple? Or is he referring to a distant, end of the-world event? Or might he even be speaking of both near and distant events? But in that case, which words apply to which event, and how can we be sure?

Seasoned Gospels scholar Robert Stein follows up his major commentary on Mark with this even closer reading of Mark 13. In this macro-lens commentary he walks us step by step through the text and its questions, leading us to a compelling interpretive solution.

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Key Features

  • Addresses the long-debated meaning of the so-called Little Apocalypse in Mark 13
  • Explores a macro-lens commentary of one chapter of Mark from a major commentator on the book
  • Clarifies the disciples’ questions, Jesus’ answers and Mark’s intentions with an interpretive translation


  • Determining Our Goal
  • Key Issues Involved in Interpreting Mark 13:1-37
  • Jesus’ Prediction of the Destruction of the Temple (and Jerusalem): Mark 13:1-4
  • The Coming Destruction of the Temple and the Sign Preceding It: Mark 13:5-23
  • The Coming of the Son of Man: Mark 13:24-27
  • The Parable of the Fig Tree and the Coming Destruction of the Temple (and Jerusalem): Mark 13:28-31
  • The Parable of the Watchman and the Exhortation to Be Alert for the Coming of the Son of Man: Mark 13:32-37
  • An Interpretative Translation of Mark 13:1-37

Praise for the Print Edition

The interpretation of Mark 13 is controversial and sometimes a bit baffling. Robert Stein—with his characteristic clarity, common sense and exegetical skill—unpacks the meaning of the passage for readers. Even those who disagree will profit from Stein's lucid exegesis and will have to wrestle seriously with the arguments he presents for his reading. All readers will recognize the hand of a veteran and wise interpreter at work. We stand in debt to Stein for an outstanding exposition.

Thomas R. Schreiner, professor of New Testament and Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man veteran scholar and classroom teacher Robert Stein tackles the most challenging passage in the Gospels. He addresses all of the difficult questions and key issues with insight and fairness. At every point Stein demonstrates control of the primary literature and the best of modern scholarship. The result is a clear and compelling commentary, passage by passage and verse by verse. Readers will especially appreciate Stein's interpretation of verse 30’s enigmatic prophecy that ‘this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.’ Highly recommended.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada

It would be hard to find a more experienced and reliable guide to the complexities of the Markan apocalypse than Robert Stein. Conversant with the best scholarship and unrelenting in his pursuit of the evangelist’s intended meaning, Stein has produced a helpful, sensible and persuasive interpretation of Mark 13. This is a rewarding book that reflects the fruit of careful exegesis as well as reverence for the sacred text.

Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

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About Robert H. Stein

Robert H. Stein was most recently senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, Stein has published several books, including A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, and Jesus the Messiah.

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