Defense of the Bible begins with rational proofs for the historicity and accuracy of its documents. Christ and the Bible places the argument for the authority of scripture squarely on Jesus.
With uncluttered logic and straightforward prose Wenham marshals Gospel evidence to show Jesus’ own view of Scripture-that it is (1) historically accurate, (2) authoritative, (3) the standard for ethics, and (4) the verbally inspired revelation of God.
He then considers why we should listen to Jesus when he makes such claims and why “Christ’s view should be the Christian view.” The study substantiates Jesus’ reliability influence on all New Testament writers.
Finally, Wenham considers two related problems: first, which writings really belong in the Bible; second, the reliability of the text as now available. The presentation is easy to read and understand. This third edition updates and dialogs with recent developments.
Mark 13 and the Return of the Shepherd: The Narrative Logic of Zechariah in Mark (Library of New Testament Studies | LNTS)
Paul T. Sloan presents a detailed interpretation of Mark’s Olivet Discourse in light of the Gospel’s many allusions to the book of Zechariah, and argues that previous studies have rightly demonstrated the influence of Zechariah 9–14 on the Passion Narratives. Sloan shows that this influence is not merely confined to Mark’s description of Jesus’ final week, but also permeates much of his narrative; informing the Gospel’s presentation of Jesus’ royal identity, his action in the temple, the role of suffering in the bringing of God’s kingdom, and the arrangement and interpretation of the Olivet Discourse.