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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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.
"Excellent Bible Study"
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.
Dr. Creasy has this rare talent to transport you to the scenes so graphically. I'm praying for Dr. Bill as my way of saying thanks a lot!
LOVED IT! I FEEL. LIKE I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH! I WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO THIS AUDIO PROGRAMMING.
"Others are better"
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.
"So you want to learn about the Bible?"
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.
This is a great listen. He goes through the story as Mark Sees It AND makes it IT Funny Along the way :)
"Loved this lecture series!"
This is another great lecture series from Dr. Bill Creasy. He is always incredibly insightful and engaging. He often supplements the material with personal stories which are relevant and interesting. He has taken several trips to Israel and the Middle East where he visits the locations depicted in the Bible and he shares those first hand accounts which enables him to take you back to that point in time that the scripture is talking about.
"Awesome as per usual"
Bill does a great job of portraying the urgency of Mark's gospel. Bill's level of detail in his teachings is amazing!
Nice treatment of Mark. To many personal stories from Creasy, but otherwise good. I would recommend listening to one year bible first.
"too loose with the facts!"
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!
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