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'Mark by the Book' - an Author's perspective
Mark by the Book (P&R 2013) is a recently published work authored by Dr. Pete Smuts, the Dean of post-graduate studies at the Bible Institute. Dr. Smuts advocates a ‘multidirectional’ hermeneutic to interpret the Synoptic Gospels - downwards, sideways, backwards, and forwards, using the Gospel of Mark to illustrate this approach. The downwards direction focuses on the immediate literary context of the particular text. The sideways direction focuses on parallels to that text in the other Synoptic Gospels. The backwards direction focuses on the Old Testament background to the text whilst the forward direction focuses on relevant passages in the rest of the New Testament. This model compels readers to interpret the gospels against the broader sweep of redemptive history.
P&R Press Blog has published this interview with Pete.
Dr. Peter Smuts is the Dean of post-graduate studies at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He lectures NT Interpretation and Biblical Greek. He is married to Dagi and they have four children, and a grandson.
View the interview here: http://prpbooks.com/blog/2014/10/author-interview-with-p-w-smuts/
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