Mark writes the gospel of Mark to the Roman elites during a time of intense Christian persecution. In a concise outline, he tells the story of Jesus, as an adult through to his death, as a call to action. Dr. Bill Creasy partners with Logos Bible Institute to present this series of lectures on the Bible. With years of experience as a professor, Dr. Creasy feels at home in front of a group. He takes a casual tone and adds his own modern analogies to make this lesson fun. You don't need to be a bible scholar to enjoy this smart series; the lectures are approachable for everyone.
Mark is a Jew writing for a predominantly Gentile audience in Rome. Written during a period of intense persecution under the Roman emperor Nero in 64-68 B.C., Mark offers an urgent message for a community in crisis. With its fast start (“Beginning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God... as it is written in Isaiah the prophet”), Mark hits the ground running, and he doesn’t slow down until the final episode at the end, in which the women who see Jesus’ empty tomb say nothing, for they were terrified." Mark’s Gospel is a clarion call to action. Master story teller, Dr. Bill Creasy, sounds the trumpet!
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I also posted this on Amazon.com. This series contains the audio from class lectures by Dr. Bill Creasy.
Dr. Creasy covers each book verse-by-verse, providing context to the material by explaining other passages in the Bible that may relate to a passage under study, with descriptions of corresponding historical events and the geography and their relationship to the passage, as well as anecdotes from his travels or study. I find it extremely helpful to study the Bible in context with geography and history.
As explained in the opening lesson on Genesis, this study starts with Genesis in the Old Testament, then moves to Matthew in the New Testament, then Exodus and Leviticus in the Old Testament, then back to Mark in the New Testament, and so on. Dr. Creasy does this because 1) if covered in weekly segments, as done in his class, it would be in year 5 before he got to Matthew, and 2) to help show the relationship between Old Testament and New Testament.
According to the syllabus I received from Dr. Creasy (he sometimes deviates from this in class), Mark is the fifth in the Logos Bible Study series, preceded by Leviticus and followed by Numbers. Mark has 16 chapters, and the study is comprised of 14 lessons. Total time - 10 hours, 17 minutes.
I never really understood what was special about Mark compared with the other Gospels. This study gave me such great perspective on why the book is written the way it is and why that is special. All of these studies by Bill Creasy have been awesome and really enlightening.
Overall I love Dr. Creasy. I highly recommend his audio books on the Bible. On my second time now listening to this one I noticed that his arguments and explanations weren't as solid as his other books. I thought that he could've done a little better, and now that he's just finished the 3rd edition it will probably be more seasoned than this one (2nd edition). Also the production editing was off. The last 25 minutes of the audio book is an explanation of Exodus and setting up the book of Numbers. Which is fine in general but I'm sure that wasn't meant to be included in mark lol.
I can't remember the amount of biblical history books I've read. I am absolutely fascinated with the topic.
This lecture was a big disappointment. I feel that Dr. Creasy cannot always tell the difference between hard facts or a reasonable conclusion and his own imagination.
For example, he says that Mark was a 12 years old boy that was present in the garden of Gethsemane? Huh??? Just because Mark is the only gospel that mentions the boy? Dr. Creasy goes on to build a mountain with that. Then he continues with stories from his personal life.
Thanks, but no thanks!
@natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.
Dr. Creasy takes him time and does not rush through the verse by verse analysis.
Yes, and listen to over and over.
If you want to learn about the Bible than this is a good start.
Dr. Bill s an expert the history, the archaeology ,and what it was like to live and different times. There is enough gravitas there for senior Christians and newbies. Hetakes teaching the word of God seriously and approaches it with humor!
Dr. Bill states what the Lord says,, and then might go off into various interpretations but iin the end he is word-based always word based!
He makes the Bible fun!
Dr. Bill has opened up the Bible to me and thousands of others! He is a gem if I did not get to meet him on earth than I will certainly meet him in heaven in which I will give him a big hug!
That not only goes for Daniel but for other books of the Bible! I originally started listening to his series in preparation of precepts upon precepts studying revelation! and it made it a whole lot easier on me! I am ones and those who actually understands revelation!
I wish there were more people out there like Dr. Bill and there would be more Christians without a doubt!
"Excellent bible study"
Thoroughly enjoyed this comprehensive study of Mark's gospel. I learned a lot of interesting facts (example: I don't remember ever hearing before that Gethsemane means oil press, and that olives were grown on the Mount of Olives specifically for the purpose of providing oil to light the Temple). Dr Creasy is a captivating speaker and really brings the characters and events to life. I will be listening to other studies in this series.
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