Who was Jesus? What does it mean that he was the Son of God? Where do we fit into God's redemptive plan? To answer these questions for his first-century audience, Mark composed a narrative miniseries. These are a few of the things that Donald English highlights in his commentary on The Message of Mark. Through the pages of this commentary one can see that the colors of Mark's narrative are as bright and the story as gripping as it was on its first run in Rome.
The fast-paced vitality of Mark's narrative of Jesus wins the hearts of modern readers on its own terms. (No small achievement for a Greco-Roman biogragraphy of an ancient sage.) And like any great story, it unveils its meaning to those who listen attentively, who inquire patiently and who brood on its meaning and significance. Donald English has lived with Mark's story for a long time. He has now written a wise, welcoming and nontechnical guide to the narrative and the message of this smallest of the four Gospels. Whether gazing over the Evangelist's shoulder, or taking the actor's stance or adopting the audience's perspective, he writes as one who loves and understands the story. And he writes as one who has a passion to help others appreciate Mark's portrait of Jesus--Son of Man and Son of God.
The late Donald English was general secretary of the Division of Home Mission for the Methodist Church in England and chairman of the World Methodist Executive Committee. A well-known speaker, he was twice president of the Methodist Conference in England.