Then I decided, unwisely, to drop into SUFES, on the pretext of taking a look at Anthony Thiselton's 1 Corinthians in the NIGTC series. I saw it, pulled it out and pushed it back in. The price was unbelievable. I thought I do not have an urgent need for it now - it will have to wait. However, I picked up 8 other books but finally settled happily with two.
Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist by Francis J. Moloney
I have offered to give bible study on the Gospel of Mark to the youth in my church and I am pretty excited about it. I was quite impressed with Moloney having read some of his articles when I did my paper on Mark that I have been wanting to get this book for awhile. Now I have good reason to.
Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson
I was attracted to this book because somehow or rather when I was in SUFES, it really stood out amongst the other books. And since I have a penchant now for history and biblical backgrounds, I just felt drawn to it. And what more, it has many pictures in there: something not many books have.
Later in the evening, I went for the continuation of the Study on the Book of John, where we spent 3 hours on Textual Criticism and an introduction to the passage on the raising of Lazarus. What is interesting is the build up in John, right up to the miracle and from then on, the passion story of Jesus, according to John:
– Jesus' exalted being (1:1-18)
The first journey (2-4)
– starts and finishes in Galilee (Cana)
– there were no conflict
The second journey (5-10)
– starts and finishes in Jerusalem
– Jesus starts to face mounting opposition
– at the end of the section, Jesus is very close to being arrested
The third and final journey (11-12)
– to Jerusalem (Bethany, which is close to Jerusalem)
– the turning point in the gospel
– where the miracle of the raising of Lazarus was found
I look forward to the class tomorrow.