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Mark: The Gospel of Passion

The Biblical Imagination Series

by Michael Card

Mark: The Gospel of Passion
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Published: February 24, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 6974
  • ISBN: 9780830869749

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"Follow Me," Jesus told them, "and I will make you into fishers of men!" Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. --Mark 1:17-18

The Gospel of Mark is a book of action and passion. Events happen one after another, with a vivid sense of immediacy and urgency. Jesus? emotions come through strongly--at times he is angry and distressed, other times filled with compassion.

In this volume, Michael Card provides a lively tour of the Gospel of Mark. As a friend and interpreter of Simon Peter, Mark gives firsthand glimpses of the life and ministry of Jesus in vibrant and energetic narration. The first Gospel to be written, Mark is a "pamphlet for hard times," encouraging Christians that all their sufferings were already endured by Jesus.

Accompany Mark on his journey with Jesus. The more clearly you see Jesus here, the greater your passion will be for him.

"These volumes help us discover the biblical text for ourselves, ask our own questions and discover deeper truths. Taking seriously the individual life of each gospel writer, the Biblical Imagination Series reintegrates our minds with our hearts to recapture our imagination with the beauty and power of Christ. . . . Heartily recommended!"

Bible Review Journal, Spring 2014

"The depth and format definitely work well as a devotional resource. In fact, it is hard to imagine a better use for it than personal or small group devotions. . . . Card writes a very engaging and accessible purview into Mark and his book."

Adam Griffin, YouthWorker Journal, July/August 2012

"Mark is not a book to be read quickly, but to savor slowly. You'll find new insight from Card's richly textured work, allowing the Biblical material to penetrate your heart more deeply."

Susan E. Richardson, Metro Christian Living, April 2012


Preface: The Biblical Imagination

Introduction: Who is Mark?

Major Themes
The So-Called Messianic Secret
The Fiery Trial
The Gospel of Passion: The Emotional Life of Jesus

Mark 1
Mark 2: Stories of the Inappropriateness of Jesus
Mark 3: Discipling the Disciples
Mark 4: Second Stage of Galilean Ministry
Mark 5: People at Jesus' Feet
Mark 6: Two Banquets
Mark 7
Mark 8
Mark 9
Mark 10: Four Questions
Mark 11
Mark 12: Final Questions
Mark 13: The Simplicity of Jesus' End-Time Teaching
Mark 14
Mark 15
Mark 16

A. Ancient Sources on the Relationship Between Peter and Mark
B. References to the Emotional Life of Jesus in the Gospels
C. Historical References to the Period of Mark's Gospel
D. References to Mark in the New Testament
E. The Additional Ending of Mark



About the Author

About the Biblical Imagination Series


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Michael Card

Michael Card is an award-winning musician and performing artist. He earned a master's degree in biblical studies from Western Kentucky University under Dr. William Lane. His many books include Scribbling in the Sand, A Fragile Stone, Inexpressible, and the Biblical Imagination Series on the four Gospels.