The Gospel of Mark - The Suffering Servant by Lawrence R. Farley Scr1 This commentary series was written for the average layperson, for the
nonprofessional who feels a bit intimidated by the presence of copious
footnotes, long bibliographies, and all those other things which so
enrich the lives of academics. Working from a literal translation of
the original Greek, this commentary examines the text section by
section, explaining its meaning in everyday language. Written from an
Orthodox and patristic perspective, it maintains a balance between the
devotional and the exegetical, feeding both the heart and the mind.
Israel expected the Messiah to be a conquering hero who would liberate
the Jews from their Roman servitude. But instead, Christ came as a
suffering servant to liberate all mankind from slavery to sin. The
Gospel of Mark records Christ's public ministry as a journey to the
Cross, yet--paradoxically again--as a time of vigorous action when His
miracles astounded the multitudes, and His boldness infuriated His foes.