April 9, 2015 | 9 a.m.
By Michelle Westlund, Communications Specialist
A Bible commentary by University Professor of New Testament Mark Strauss has been named a 2015 Christian Book Award finalist. Mark: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament is a finalist in the Bible reference category. Winning books will be selected from among five finalists in a number of categories and announced on May 5. Strauss, who teaches at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, says that the goal of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series, which includes his commentary on Mark, is “to present the best of critical scholarship in a clear and user-friendly format for busy pastors and Bible teachers…The goal is not just to explain the text, but to teach the reader how to read and apply Scripture.”
Strauss has been teaching Mark’s Gospel for a number of years, and says that “each time I go through it, I get more excited about its power and literary artistry. The author is a master storyteller who draws his readers into the mystery and grandeur of the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s been a privilege to contribute this volume to the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series.”
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Christian Book Award program has recognized the highest quality in Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the award program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry.