Item description for Let's Study Mark (Lets Study) by Sinclair B. Ferguson...
Overview The second in the series, shows that the Gospel of Mark was written to persuade its readers that Jesus was the Son of god and to convey the good news about him.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1999
Publisher BANNER OF TRUTH #535
Series Lets Study
ISBN 0851517552 ISBN13 9780851517551
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More About Sinclair B. Ferguson
Sinclair Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. He is currently a professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas.
Ferguson received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and was a minister in the Church of Scotland from 1971 to 2005, when he transferred to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, serving as the Senior Pastor of historic First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as an editor with the Banner of Truth Trust, worked as a minister at St George's-Tron Church, Glasgow.
Ferguson was the Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also a Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas and part-time Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) prior to which he held the Charles Krahe Chair for Systematic Theology at this same seminary.
He is also a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Sinclair B. Ferguson currently resides in Columbia Columbia.
Sinclair B. Ferguson has published or released items in the following series...
Ferguson is well positioned to write these sort of commentaries. He has a PhD in systematics and has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary, but he's also been the beloved pastor of a large, vibrant Presbyterian church in Scotland. He's written something like 30 books, and he has a gift for clear but deep writing.
The cover of my edition of this book, printed in 2005, is not overly cheesy (as the last reviewer charged). But an older volume in this series (Ferguson's Let's Study Philippians -- also great) does have an awful cover, so my guess is they updated it recently.
The chapters (73 in all) are short and accessible. They are packed with reliable and lively exegesis, with a theologically strong redemptive-historical approach. He pauses to make solid and penetrating practical applications as he goes. There are additional study questions in the back that tie themes from various chapters together.
If I were to pick just one commentary to use for a small group Bible study of lay people, or a teacher's guide for an adult Christian ed. class, this would be it.
Other good commentaries for teaching and preaching: R. Kent Hughes (1989, Reformed sermons, solid if a little less than contemporary); Tom Wright, Mark for Everyone (2001 --excellent concise exegesis and insights. Yes, the NPP theology is troublesome at a feww junctures, but it does not come into play here that I see); Mark Horne (2004 -- Reformed, PCA, lengthy -- references Austin Farrar alot); William Lane (NICNT -- extensive exegesis).
Wonderful book! Apr 1, 2003
Excellent commentary. Each chapter is small enough to read in a day for use as a devotional. The cover is cheesy, but the book is wonderful!