Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark


Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark presents Mark's intense, wild, impossible story of Jesus as the perfect Gospel for a postmodern age gone numb. Keyed to the lectionary for Year B, Loosing the Lion aids preachers and believers understand and proclaim Mark's message.

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Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark began life as talks on Mark’s Gospel delivered to the clergy of the Dioceses of Bismarck and Sioux Falls as well as to parishioners of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. Part I deals with interpreting and proclaiming Mark’s Gospel in an age of moral therapeutic deism, while Part II storms through Mark’s Gospel as presented in the lectionary.

From the publicity: “Drama. Irony. Betrayal. Miracles. A holy war with the whole world at stake. And it’s all packed into the shortest of the four Gospels. Written in an engaging, lively, oral style, Loosing the Lion tells us how, despite being misunderstood and neglected throughout most of history, the Gospel of Mark has recently been experiencing a scholarly revival. Theologians are beginning to see how it is actually an intense, wild, impossible story told at a breakneck pace with twists and turns that shock and surprise those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Readers will be captivated by the Gospel’s literary brilliance, which brings us to the threshold of an encounter with the living Jesus, who reveals his mysteries, and ultimately himself, to those who approach him and dwell in his presence. And when we do encounter him, ‘The proper response is repentance, joining God’s army to be liberated, and once liberated, advancing the liberation of the whole cosmos, which, ultimately, is the content of the Gospel Jesus calls us to believe in. Liberation is coming. Join the resistance.'”

“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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Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 in


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