Tim Gombis Pens New Commentary on Gospel of Mark
Dr. Tim Gombis, professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, recently published a commentary on the Gospel of Mark as part of the Story of God Bible Commentary Series by Zondervan Academic.
The Story of God Bible Commentary Series, which is described by the publisher as “a new commentary for today’s world,” is edited by Scot McKnight (B.A. ’76), an alumnus of Cornerstone University.
Zondervan approached Gombis to pen this volume in the series. Although Gombis’ primary area of study is Paul, he jumped at the opportunity to dig deeper into the Gospel of Mark.
“Mark is in some ways an ‘un-Gospel,’” Gombis explained. “It’s full of surprises. He tells the story of Jesus in a way that’s supposed to unsettle and confront audiences who have become complacent with the teachings of Jesus.”
Zondervan published the volume in March 2021. This commentary provides the reader with practical tools to not only better understand the text but to truly apply it to their lives. Gombis said this commentary is a great resource for pastors and teachers of the Bible, but he also desires for laypeople to glean new wisdom about the gospel of Mark.
“I hope people can discover the unique aspects of Mark,” Gombis said. “I hope they appreciate the emphasis on outsiders in the story. In Mark, the outsiders of the time, like women, tax collectors and the unclean, are actually the people who ‘get’ Jesus, while His inner circle of disciples often don’t ‘get’ Him.”
In the past year, Gombis also published a new book about the teachings of Paul and how they can support pastors and church leaders in the 21st century. His next project is a commentary for a different series on the book of Romans.
Gombis’ commentary on the Gospel of Mark is available on Amazon.
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