David Schnasa Jacobsen draws together the strengths of two exegetical approaches to the Gospel of Mark in this volume of the Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries series. Jacobsen takes a broad thematic approach to the first Gospel, while at the same time giving exegetical and homiletical insights about individual pericopes in their narrative context. By helping preachers and students make connections between the various lections from Mark throughout Year B in their sermons and studies, they and their parishioners will have a deeper appreciation of Mark’s unique interpretation of the Christ Event and how that influences their approach to living the Christian faith in today’s world.
With liturgical sensitivity and exegetical skill, Jacobsen provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding Mark’s Gospel as narrative-theological whole, not just as a collection of loosely related stories.
"This is a 'preacher's commentary' in the very best sense of that term. David Schnasa Jacobsen takes his keenly sharpened tools of exegesis and theological analysis and descends into the depths of Mark’s mysterious and multi-layered texts. When he emerges, he brings with him Markan wisdom and insight that will both ground preachers in the Gospel and stimulate their imaginations for fresh and creative preaching."
—Thomas G. Long
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
"Rather than avoiding or playing down the rich tapestry of apocalyptic elements in Mark's gospel, David Schnasa Jacobsen engages these elements directly, demonstrating their importance for preaching. The result is a strikingly refreshing and thought-provoking resource for both scholars and preachers."
—John S. McClure
Vanderbilt Divinity School