Bible Studies on Mark by William Boekestein provides an engaging look at Mark’s gospel and draws out practical questions for greater understanding of the text and personal application. This book would best be categorized as a devotional commentary of the best kind.
In 21 lessons Bokenstein walks the reader through Mark’s gospel helping the reader to understand the doctrinal and practical implications of Mark’s gospel. Boekenstein has an eye toward pointing the reader to the continuity between the gospel story and the gospel promise found in the Old Testament.
One of the greatest strengths of this book is the fact that Boekenstein doesn’t get bogged down in interacting with too much secondary literature. Anyone who has consulted a more technical exegetical commentary will see that in modern commentaries there is more interaction and reflection on other commentaries than interaction with the text itself. While not a verse by verse commentary, this work is a commentary nonetheless and one that reflects serious interaction with the Gospel of Mark itself. Throughout this work Boeknestein focuses the readers gaze on the person of Christ and presses home the importance of believing in Christ. As Bokenstein notes in his introduction there is a great danger of taking our eyes off of Jesus and the Gospels are vital for keeping our eyes on Christ. So if you are looking for a book that fixes yours eyes upon the person and work of Christ this is one such book that should commend itself to you.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.