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Mark Strauss

Job Titles

  • University Professor of New Testament
    Master of Divinity, Bethel Seminary
    M.A. (Theological Studies), Bethel Seminary
    Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel

1993

Education

  • University of Aberdeen - Ph.D. , 1992

Areas of expertise

New Testament, Greek, Bible Translation, and Hermeneutics

Courses Taught

  • Greek
  • Hermeneutics
  • New Testament Survey
  • Exegetical Explorations
  • NT Electives

Publications

Books

Jesus Behaving Badly. The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee (Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity, forthcoming in 2015).

Gospel of Mark (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Vol. 2; Grand Rapids: Zondervan; 2014). Nominee for ECPA 2015 Reference book of the year.

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times. Understanding and Applying God’s Word Today (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).

The Gospel of Mark, with Walter Wessel, in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Revised Edition  Vol. 9: pp. 671-989 (gen. eds. Tremper Longman III & David E. Garland; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010).

NLT Study Series: John. Meet God Face to Face, with Gary M. Burge; gen. ed. Sean A. Harrison (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2009).

Four Portraits, One Jesus. A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2007).

Four Portraits, One Jesus Workbook. Guided Reading Projects and Exercises in the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).

How to Choose A Translation for All Its Worth. A Guide to Understanding and Using Bible Versions, with Gordon D. Fee (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

The Essential Bible Companion, with John H. Walton and Ted Cooper Jr. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

Truth & Error in the Da Vinci Code. The Facts about Jesus and Christian Origins (San Diego: Alethinos Books, 2006).

“Luke,” in The Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 1, pp. 318-515 (gen. ed., Clinton Arnold; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002).  Republished as stand alone volume, 2007.

Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy (Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity, 1998; Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011).

The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts. The Promise and its Fulfillment in Lukan Christology (JSNTSup; Sheffield:  Sheffield Academic Press, 1995).

Articles (published)

“The (Anti-)Disciples in Mark’s Gopsel,” Bible Study Magazine, forthcoming.

“The Parable of the Prodigal: Start-to-Finish Bible Study,” Bible Study Magazine, 2014.

“Christology and Christological Purpose in the Synoptic Gospels: A Study of Unity in Diversity,” in Pillars, Partners, and Partisans. Unity and Diversity: The Relationship of Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament (FS R. H. Gundry; eds. Brian Lugioyo, Benjamin Reynolds, Kevin Vanhoozer, Mohr Siebeck,  2014).

“Pharisees,” and “Crowds,” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Revised Edition (eds., J. Green, J. Brown, N. Perrrin; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity; 2013).

“Gender-language Issues in the NIV 2011. A Response to Vern Poythress,” Westminster Journal of Theology (2012).

“Jesus and the Spirit in Biblical and Theological Perspective: Messianic Empowering, Saving Wisdom, and the Limits of Biblical Theology” in The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament & Christian Theology (FS Max Turner; eds. Cornelis Bennema & I. H. Marshall; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 266–84.

“An Overview of the Life of Christ,” “What Is a Gospel and Why are there Four Gospels?” “The Inspiration of the Bible,” “The Twelve Disciples of Jesus,” “Jewish Sabbath Observances,” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook (Ed. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).

 “The Purpose of Luke-Acts. Reaching a Consensus,” in New Testament Theology in Light of the Church's Mission: Essays in Honor of I. Howard Marshall (eds. Ray Van Neste and Jon Laansma; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011), 135–150.

 “Bible Translation and the Myth of ‘Literal Accuracy’,” Review and Expositor vol. 108 no. 2 (Spring, 2011), 169–193.

 “Lukan Spirituality,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (ed. Glen G. Scorgie; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011).

“Reflections on Moving beyond the Bible to Theology,” in Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology  (gen. ed. Gary T. Meadors; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 271-298.

 “Gospels,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Literature (eds. George Kurian and James Smith; Scarecrow, 2009).

“Versions of the Bible, English,” in The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (rev. ed. Moises Silva, ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009).

“What Baptists Believe about the Holy Spirit,” Converge Point, March, 2009.

“Rolling out the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Heart and Mind, vol. 21, no. 1, Winter 2008, pp. 18-22.

Introduction and Study Notes for the Gospel of Luke for the NLT Study Bible (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 2008).

“Is There Such a Thing as a Complegalitarian?” SermonCentral.com

“A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality,” with Peter Vogt, Heart and Mind (Spring, 2006).

“Introducing the Bible,” “New Testament Theology” and “Acts” in The IVP Introduction to the Bible. Story, themes, interpretation (ed. Philip Johnston; Downer Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2006), 1-17; 167-76; 207-13. 

 “Form, Function and the Literal Meaning Fallacy in English Bible Translation.” The Bible Translator, vol. 56 n. 3 (July 2005), 153-168.

“Understanding Bible Translation,” Introductory essay in the Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible (ed. John Kohlenberger; Oxford University Press, 2005).

“Understanding New Testament Translation.” Introductory essay in the Evangelical Parallel Bible (ed. John Kohlenberger; Oxford University Press, 2003).

“Current Issues in the Gender-Language Debate. A brief response to Vern Poythress and Wayne Grudem,” in The Challenge of Bible Translation: Communicating God’s Word to the World.  Essays in Honor of Ronald F. Youngblood (eds. Glen G. Scorgie, Mark L. Strauss, Steven M. Voth; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).

“The TNIV Debate. Is this new translation faithful in its treatment of gender?” Christianity Today, Vol. 46, No. 11 (Oct. 7, 2002), 36-45.

“The TNIV and Gender-Accurate Language,” Light Magazine, July 2002, 12-15.

“David,” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, eds. T. D. Alexander and B. S. Rosner (Leicester, U.K.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2000).

“The Inclusive Language Debate: How Should the Bible Be Translated Today?” Christian Research Journal Vol. 22, No. 4, 2000.

Various articles for Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, ed. David Noel Freedman (“Gabriel,” “Sergius Paulus,” “Claudius Lysias, “Julius,”), 2000.

“Are Earthquakes Signs of the End Times?  A Geological and Biblical Response to an Urban Legend,” Christian Research Journal Vol. 21, No. 4; 1999.

“Linguistic and Hermeneutical Fallacies in the Guidelines Established at the ‘Conference on Gender-Related Language in Scripture’,”  JETS 41/2 (June 1998) 239-262.

 

Editorial Roles

General Editor (New Testament), Teach the Text Commentary Series (Grand Rapids: Baker; in production; 6 volumes released).

New Testament Editor, Baker Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids: Baker; 2013).

Associate Editor for Narrative, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series (gen. ed., Clinton Arnold; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010–present).

Contributing Scholar & New Testament Editor, The Expanded Bible (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011).

Associate Editor, The NIV Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008; 2011).

Scholar-Editor for Deepening Life Together Bible Study Curriculum Series (Grand Rapids: Baker & Life Together: 2007-11), including volumes and DVD curriculum on “James,” “John,” “Parables,” Romans,” “Sermon on the Mount,” “Paul,” “Praying God’s Way,” Psalms,” “Ruth,” “Fruit of the Spirit,” “Acts,” “Revelation,” “Promises of God,” and “Ephesians.”

Consulting Editor, QuickNotes, Simplified Bible Commentary Series. 5 volumes (Barbour, 2008).

General Editor, Remarriage after Divorce. Three Views (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).

Review and revision of the New Century Version, with Tremper Longman III and Daniel Taylor (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004-2005).

Technical Reviewer, The Compete Idiot’s Guide to Mary Magdalene, by Lesa Bellevie (New York: Alpha Books, 2005).

General Editor, with Glen G. Scorgie and Steven M. Voth, The Challenge of Bible Translation. Communicating God’s Word to the World.  Essays in Honor of Ronald F. Youngblood (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).

 

Video Productions

Video Lectures for Four Portraits, One Jesus.  A Complete Course for the Beginner. 20 Lessons on 3 DVDs (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).

Teacher, Deepening Life Together: Paul (Grand Rapids: Baker & Life Together: 2011).

Teacher, Deepening Life Together: Psalms (Grand Rapids: Baker & Life Together: 2011).

Teacher, Deepening Life Together: Parables (Grand Rapids: Baker & Life Together: 2009).

Teacher, The Forgiveness of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009).

Teacher, The Life of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009).

Teacher, Last Days of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009).

Teacher, Miracles of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections); Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

Teacher, The Prayers of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

Teacher, The Parables of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

Participant Scholar in multiple Third Millennium Productions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014): Hermeneutics, Gospels, Historical Jesus, Revelation, Hebrews, Biblical Theology, etc.

Participant in The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel (Revelation Studios, 2007).

The Bible in 90 Days, with John H. Walton and Ted Cooper, Jr. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005)

What Is Bible Translation? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

Bible Translation and the TNIV (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

Participant in Discussing the Da Vinci Code, by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

Presentations

“The Relative Merits of Alterity and Accessibility in Contemporary Bible Translation.” Plenary address for the Nida Institute at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2012.

“Translation as Communication: The holistic and inferential nature of language and its implications for contemporary Bible translation.” Plenary Address at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Annual Meeting. Wesley College, University of Sydney, Australia, July 4, 2011.

“Gender Wars & Bible Translation: A report from the trenches.” Plenary Address at the ANZATS Annual Meeting. Wesley College, University of Sydney, Australia, July 5, 2011.

“The King James Version and the Politics of Bible Translation.” Plenary Address at the Moore College Library Lectures: Simplicity & Integrity. The King James Version of the Bible in the Church and the World. Moore College, Sydney, Australia, July 6, 2011.

“Christology and the Spirit.” Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

“Reading the Bible with the Emergent Church: What can we learn from emergent thinkers about the nature and function of Scripture?” Presidential Address, 2009 Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; San Diego Christian College, April  17, 2009.

“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Presentation given at A Night on Mars Hill, North Coast Calvary Chapel, March 13, 2009.

“Why the English Standard Version should not become the Standard English Version,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Providence, RI, Nov. 2008.

“The Shack.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2008-2009.

“Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2007.

 “The Nature of Bible Translation,” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2004-present.

“Bible Translation and the TNIV.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2005-present.

“The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2004-2006

“Do literal Bible versions show greater respect for plenary inspiration? (A response to Wayne Grudem),” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Philadelphia, Nov. 2005.

“Which Translation Should I Use? What Every Student, Layperson, Pastor (and Seminary Professor) Needs to Know About Bible Translation,” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bethel Seminary San Diego, April 23 2004.

 “The Jesus Seminar on the Miracles of Jesus.  Summary and Assessment.” Synoptics Section, ETS annual meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2003.

 “Form, Function and the Literal Meaning Fallacy in English Bible Translation.” Denver Seminary conference on Contextualization, Feb. 1, 2003; also given at annual ETS meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2003.

 “The Isaianic New Exodus. A Pervasive Theme in the Gospels and Acts.” ETS annual meeting, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 2002.

 “The Abused Genitive.  Mistranslations of the Genitive in Some Literal Bible Translations,” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bethel Seminary San Diego, April, 2001.

 “Evangelical Theology for the Third Millennium: Truth and Relevance,” Presidential address at the Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Talbot School of Theology, April 23, 1999.

 “Inclusive Language in Bible Translation,” Presented at the Northwest Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Western Seminary, April 10, 1999.

 “Gender Bias and Bible Translation: The Need for Accuracy.” Paper presented at Far-West regional ETS meeting at The Master’s Seminary, April 26, 1996.

 “User-Friendly Hermeneutics.”  Paper presented at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Spring, 1994.

 “The Missionary Writings of Luke.” Paper presented to Japanese Pastors Rengo Conference, Bethel Seminary San Diego, Spring, 1994.

 “The Servant of the Lord: The Glory of Israel and a Light for the Nations.”  Paper presented to the Church Renewal Institute, Bethel Seminary San Diego, Fall, 1994.

 “The Literary and Theological Unity of Luke-Acts:  Definitions, Examples and Implications.”  Paper presented at ETS annual meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1993.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Member, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

Member, Institute for Biblical Research (IBR)

Member, Evangelical Theological Society (Far West Region officer: secretary-treasurer, 1997, 2006; vice president, 1998, 2007; president, 1999, 2008)

Member & Vice-Chair, Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) for the New International Version, 2004-present.

Board member, International Bible Society (now Biblica), 2005-2009

Board member, San Diego Christian Forum, 1996-2004

Board member, Rock Church, San Diego, 2012-present

Program Committee, ETS, 2007-2011.

Steering Committee, Synoptic Gospels ETS Study Group, 2007-present

Chair, Steering Committee, Luke-Acts ETS Study Group, 2007-present

Steering Committee, Evangelicals and Gender ETS Study Group, 2002-2004