An Analysis of the Gospel of Mark

Harold St. John

Precious Seed

Paperback, 200pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
Available in the UK from John Ritchie Ltd, 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, KA3 1RH. Price £7.99, ISBN 1 882701 96 8

This book was originally published in 1956 by Pickering and Inglis when the writer was well known and highly respected as a teacher amongst the assemblies. To many today the name will be largely unknown. However, the publishers have done a consider-able service to the present generation in republishing this book. It has a wealth of information and will be helpful to any study of this gospel.

The present reviewer found particular help in Mr. St John’s analysis of the Gospel and his introduction to the book. These demonstrate the grasp that the writer had of his material and give an insight to the gospel before beginning to explore the detail of the verses. It is important to know why Mark omits what he does and, equally, why he includes certain events. The different scenes of the gospel are also developed and their purpose is unfolded to profit.

This is not a detailed exposition of Mark’s gospel but reading this book will be thought-provoking and challenging. Who could study the ceaseless service of the Lord during His earthly life and not be challenged?