The Past Is Always Present

What can you find in Mark Through Old Testament Eyes? Glad you asked. Here’s what some have had to say.

A ground-breaking genial achievement–exceptional and virtually unique! Of its many admirable features three shine brightly: its user-friendly learning/teaching style laced with charts and summaries; its discovery-edge in identifying copiously Old Testament contexts for specific texts, verses, and phrases; and its attention to narrative structure and themes. A winner for both classroom and church group study. Though long a Markan scholar and author, I here found new treasures. Read and enjoy!

Willard Swartley
Prof. Emeritus of New Testament
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


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you were born color-blind and did not know it. One day, a doctor hands you a pair of glasses that correct your vision. Suddenly, you see the true splendor of the world. You thrill at the beauty of the details, the wonder of the contrasts, the sheer marvel of the patterns that had always been there but, previously, missed. This is what it is like to read Andrew Le Peau’s superb commentary. I had no idea there was so much of the Old Testament in the New.


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you are a preacher or teacher seeking to usher others into the deeper meaning of familiar texts, or simply a person of faith eager for a more penetrating encounter with God’s Word, this book will be an eye-opening resource to which you will return again and again. Why did it take so long for someone to develop an approach to Scripture study as illuminating and useful as this one? I will buy every book that comes out in this series.

Daniel Meyer
Senior Pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook
Author, Witness Essentials, Leadership Essentials, and Discovering God

For years, Andrew Le Peau has been chewing on the gospel of Mark. It certainly shows in this wonderful new commentary. Eminently accessible – via verse-by-verse exegesis – he capably bridges the chasm between Old and New Testaments. Ancient concepts such “son of man” and “kingdom of God” provide fertile soil for the gospel’s narrative. An important resource for any serious Christian.

Alec Hill
President Emeritus
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA


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comprehend the four gospels you must first get Mark right. Andrew Le Peau does just that, engaging with the text at a number of levels and using the best new tools available. His presentation of Mark lays the groundwork for understanding the wider life and world of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as providing a framework for comprehending the other three gospels.

Michael Card, Biblical Writer, Musician

Andrew Le Peau identifies a principal obstacle to our reading Mark with comprehension, namely the woeful lack of familiarity with the Hebrew Scriptures that were so formative for the authors of the New Testament writings and for Jesus himself. . . . Alongside this, he gives extensive attention to ways in which the literary structure of Mark serves as a pointer to meaning. Le Peau’s passion for discipleship formation is, of course, evident throughout.

David A. deSilva
Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek
Ashland Theological Seminary

This book represents the fruit of the author’s many years of study and research into the Gospel, especially the Old Testament background of an amazing number of passages in Mark. In addition, Andy is a great writer–accessible, clear, and powerful. This is an awesome book.

Dr. Robert Grahmann,
Senior Missions Ambassador, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

I’m still learning things about the gospel of Mark which come from appreciating its background. As I say in the preface, “The past is always present. The question is: Are we aware of how it affects us or not? The Old Testament was present with the New Testament writers. They knew that and treasured it. We can too.”

Author: Andy Le Peau

I've been an editor and writer for over forty years. I am passionate about ideas and how we can express them clearly, beautifully, and persuasively. I love reading good books, talking about them, and recommending them. I thoroughly enjoy my family who help me continue on the path of a lifelong learner.

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