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,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sharp divisions have arisen over how to deal with Jesus' teaching in Mark 13. With his customary lucidity, Stein clarifies all the important issues and offers sensible, carefully argued and insightful interpretations of the text that convey 'the consciously intended meaning of Mark 13, whether of the Jesus of history or the Evangelist Mark.' Those who want to know what Jesus taught about the destruction of the temple and the last days would do well to use this book as their guide.
-David E. Garland,
George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
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,
Fuller 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,
Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada
Throughout his stellar career, Bob Stein has written many fine works on the Gospels, always providing clarity and insight to complex issues and texts. He has done it again with Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man. Stein navigates the challenging and sometimes treacherous waters of Mark's Olivet Discourse with the skill and good sense of a seasoned captain.
-Mark L. Strauss,
Bethel Seminary San Diego
Eschewing atomizing scepticism on the one side and a clunky over-literalism on the other, Robert Stein now brings to bear on Mark 13 a lifetime of well-informed study and balanced reflection. Students and scholars of all theological stripes will be grateful for this much-needed guidance on what has proven to be one of the most puzzling and hermeneutically complex chapters in all of Scripture.
Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies