Mark Through Old Testament Eyes: A Background and Application Commentary
Mark Through Old Testament Eyes: A Background and Application Commentary  -     By: Andrew T. Le Peau
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Through Old Testament Eyes is a new kind of commentary series that opens the New Testament writings in greater depth to anyone committed to understanding or teaching Scripture. In this inaugural volume, the richness of Old Testament allusions and background in Mark clarifies puzzling passages and explains others in fresh ways.

The exodus motif structures Mark. Mark also presents Jesus as the true temple of God in contrast to the existing temple, which has been corrupted. These important themes are hidden to modern eyes without the insight of an Old Testament perspective, and this commentary builds on that insight to emphasize how the gospel applies to the daily lives of Christians today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Kregel Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 082544411X
ISBN-13: 9780825444111
Series: Through Old Testament Eyes

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    Jimmy Reagan
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    This book is the inaugural volume in the Through Old Testament Eyes commentary series. Series editor Andrew T. Le Peau contributes this volume on the Gospel of Mark. As we are starting to see such a proliferation of commentary series these days that the market is almost glutted, so a new series especially needs a unique contribution to not get lost in the multifarious market. If this first volume is any indication, I think this series is going to have something to say thats not found in others. The Old Testament angle is only part of its success.

    Be sure to read the Series Preface to see how its set up. In the Introduction to Marks Gospel, you immediately see that this series is aimed at pastors and Bible students, not academic types. He gives a long movie analogy of movies borrowing from older movies to describe Marks borrowing from the Old Testament. Its in this Introduction that you find one of the highlights that will be carried through the whole commentary. Scholars often make a discussion of structure a quite nebulous exercise, but he takes it and in a few paragraphs turns it into something truly helpful. Compared to others, the Introduction is short, but I think it succeeds for what this series intends to be.

    Every passage has commentary with an emphasis on its relation to the Old Testament. That does help where other commentaries sometimes lack. Its those sections in the dark shading that I love the most. They contain all kinds of helpful information. It often involves explaining structure. Many times theres a helpful chart that aids understanding even more.

    I see this commentary as the perfect secondary commentary. It holds up well with the other serious paperback commentaries on the market. If this series can sustain what we have here, it will likely be quite successful. In any event, this first work on Mark is a winner.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Jim West
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    Reading Mark
    December 7, 2017
    Jim West
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    Through Old Testament Eyes is a new kind of commentary series that opens the New Testament writings in greater depth to anyone committed to understanding or teaching Scripture. In this inaugural volume, the richness of Old Testament allusions and background in Mark clarifies puzzling passages and explains others in fresh ways.

    The exodus motif structures Mark. Mark also presents Jesus as the true temple of God in contrast to the existing temple, which has been corrupted. These important themes are hidden to modern eyes without the insight of an Old Testament perspective, and this commentary builds on that insight to emphasize how the gospel applies to the daily lives of Christians today.

    Kregel was kind enough to send a review copy. Ive always loved the Old Testament in the New Testament aspect of biblical studies and indeed, my ThM thesis was on the use of Isaiah in the Gospel of John. So this is, as they say, right up my alley.

    The bulk of the volume is made up of verse by verse commentary on the Gospel of Mark but it also includes an Introduction and a list of abbreviations and a select bibliography, end notes, and Scripture index.

    The introduction covers some unusual topics (for a commentary) such as a few paragraphs explaining the New Testament writers familiarity with the Old Testament, the treatment of obscure references, and then the more normal topic of the structure of Mark, who Mark was, and his use of the Old Testament. Its a quite helpful guide to what the author is aiming to achieve here.

    The Commentary proper is then immediately turned to. Phrase by phrase and sometimes word by word, Le Peau guides readers not only through the Marcan text but through the Old Testament subtext. For instance, of 1:4, he writes

    In the wilderness. Allusions to the exodus of Israel in the wilderness that began in 1:2-3 continue here.

    And then of course he goes into further detail for another full page on this verse alone.

    One of the things readers can expect to find fairly regularly is the phrase See comment at ______________ (where the blank indicates the passage location where the issue is previously discussed). Cf, for instance, at Mark 3:1.

    Throughout the volume there are blocks of material that in other volumes would be excurses or extensive footnotes. These are set off from the body of the text by use of greyed boxes. They range in length from fairly short to very long, depending on our authors perception that a particular issue needs more or less extensive discussion.

    The author does not include the long ending of Mark in his exegesis and instead relegates it (rightly, since it is not authentic) to one of his many greyed-box excurses.

    Overall, then, this volume does the job it was intended to do. It explains the text of the Gospel of Mark by paying particular attention to the points of contact Mark contains in connection to the Old Testament. It is simple and at places simplistic, utilizing fairly standard tropes like the number seven is the number of perfection and that sort of thing as well as taking the reconstructed history of Israel based on a simple straightforward reading of the Old Testament as a given. Readers will enjoy it so long as they dont expect too much of it. It doesnt address textual or historical issues (relating to the Gospel itself) and there are not what one might consider a lot of endnotes (just about 6 pages for 310 page book).

    It is not an academic volume, and does not wish to be. What it wishes to be is a study guide for small groups or churches and in that respect, with that aim in mind, it achieves its goal magnificently.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Andrew T. Le Peau
Located in: Downers Grove, IL
Submitted: October 03, 2017

    Tell us a little about yourself.  For thirty years I was the associate publisher for editorial at InterVarsity Press and taught the gospel of Mark for over a decade to college students. I am currently a writer and editor who blogs at Andy Unedited on the InterVarsity Press website.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I taught students the gospel of Mark, certain passages regularly perplexed them, such as: • Why does Mark describe what John the Baptist wears (camel hair, leather belt) and eats (honey, locusts) when he doesn’t do this for Jesus, Pilate, or Peter? • Why does Mark say Jesus meant to pass by the disciples while their boat was struggling against the wind? Didn’t he see them? Didn’t he care? • Why does Mark mention the detail of the grass being green in describing the feeding of the five thousand? Does that really matter? To answer these and many other questions, I would point them to key Old Testament passages. When they read those, they had classic "aha!" reactions. Now they understood. Over the years I began to see that the Old Testament was a key resource not only in understanding difficult passages, but even those we think we already knew. This led me deeper and deeper into Mark and into the Old Testament.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  The challenge of understanding Jesus was overwhelming for the first disciples. He came as a startling, powerful, and unexpected figure is so many ways, they didn't quite know what to make of him. So Mark used all the best tools in his toolbox so he and his readers could wrap their minds around who Jesus was. The name of his toolbox was the Old Testament. By portraying Jesus as the New Moses, the New Israel, the New David, the Divine Warrior, the Son of man, the Son of God, the New Temple, the New Exodus and so much more, we can gain a new, larger understanding of Jesus (and of the Christian life) than we thought possible before.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  When I began writing the book, I still wondered if what I had in mind was even possible. Was every paragraph, nearly every verse of Mark actually infused with the Old Testament the way I suspected it might? By the time I finished the first chapter of Mark, I no longer had any doubts. Even though I knew the Old Testament beforehand, this project has made me want to know and study it even more.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Many authors have been extremely helpful to me in writing this book, including G. K. Beale, Kenneth E. Bailey, Richard Hays, N. T. Wright, Mark Strauss, Willard Swartley, Rikki Watts, and Christopher J. H. Wright.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  The New Testament writers were Old Testament people. Without a firm appreciation of the Old Testament, we cannot adequately understand their life and message.

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