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COURSE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS: a) Biblical Texts. i) Provided. Students will be supplied with a common “manuscript” of Mark in the Revised Standard Version. Students will need to supply their own markers. I recommend at least eight colors and a pencil for annotations. ii) Assumed. (1) English Texts: For the purpose of comparison, access to at least two other contemporary translation of the Bible based on a critical text, preferably the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the New American Bible (NAB), the New American Standard (NAS), or New International Version (NIV). Excluded are The Living Bible, New Living Translation, The Message, the King James, and New King James, which whatever their other merits, do not fit the close reading objectives of this class. (2) Greek Texts: At least one of the following: A Greek-English interlinear NT such as Robert K. Brown, Philip Comfort, and J.D. Douglas, eds, The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale, 1993) or, for more advanced or ambitious readers of Greek, The United Bible Society’s The Greek New Testament, 4th ed. or the Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed. Students may also wish to consider the Greek-English New Testament in which the full NA27 Greek text, including apparatus, is interfaced with the RSV translation. iii) Recommended. If they have not done so already, students should seriously consider acquiring Bible Works 6.0. This program will be either required or extremely valuable for at least eight courses in the M.Div. curriculum to say nothing of its ongoing value for exegetical research and sermon preparation. b) Course Texts Fee, Gordon and Doug Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993. Powell, Mark Allan. What is Narrative Criticism? Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990. Rhoads, David, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2d ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999. Thompson, David. Bible Study That Works. Rev. ed. Nappannee, Ind.: Evangel, 1994.

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January 2004


Asbury Theological Seminary


Studies, Fall, NT511, Inductive, IBS, Bible, Flroida



NT 511 The Gospel of Mark