Praise for Loosing the Lion

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I’m gratified to have received such praise for my book, now available for pre-order. I write as a Catholic, but Mark’s Gospel is a favorite of many Protestants, and so I’m happy to have two Protestant scholars I greatly respect give their endorsement along with two Catholics:

 

“Leroy Huizenga gives us the resurrected Aslan in his exciting book Loosing the Lion. For too long Mark’s Gospel has been the little kid bullied on the playground of biblical scholarship. Derided by scholars who think it a literary disaster or a hodgepodge collection of disconnected Jesus stories, Dr. Huizenga shows the multileveled complexity and subtlety of Mark’s dynamic account of Jesus—the hero who defeats the devil. Not just a scholarly treatise, Loosing the Lion is a powerful and practical source for preachers of the Word. Although written by a Catholic, this book should be a resource for preachers of all traditions to present once more Mark’s ever ancient, ever new drama of the world’s redemption.”

—Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Author of The Mystery of the Magi: The Quest for the True Identity of the Three Wise Men

 

“Leroy Huizenga has composed a concise and informative entrée into the Gospel of Mark for preachers and teachers. He writes within the Catholic tradition, but his insights transcend denominations and theology as he introduces readers to the Gospel of Mark, why Mark matters, and why one should read this beautiful story. A superb resource for anyone who wants to get better acquainted with the Gospel of Mark.”

—Michael F. Bird, PhD

Lecturer in Theology

Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry, Melbourne, Australia

 

“Dr. Huizenga’s extremely readable Loosing the Lion is marked by deep learning, creativity, and verve. Rooted in historic orthodoxy and sensitive to the needs of the Catholic Church today, this book will serve well those who desire to teach and preach from the oft-neglected Gospel of Mark.”

—Jonathan Pennington, PhD

Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation

Director of Research Doctoral Studies

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

 

“For some time now, the first of the living beasts round the throne in heaven—the Markan Lion—has been kept in a cage by its academic zookeepers. They keep it around for exegetical tourism, but belittle it as short, haphazard, lacking in literary greatness, and wanting in theological complexity. What Huizenga sets out to do in this stimulating book is to set this Gospel-Lion free from our modern prejudices. He takes something precious, cleans it off, and gives it back to us to appreciate as if for the first time. The scholarship on which this book stands is impressive, but kept unobtrusive so as to be readable by laity and as a resource for preachers. Exegesis flows into liturgical preaching, confronting us with the awful beauty of the Cross.”

—David W. Fagerberg, PhD

Professor of Theology

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

 

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