Derek Tovey is lecturer in New Testament at the College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand, and an honorary lecturer in the School of Theology, University of Auckland. He is the author of Jesus, Story of God: John's Story of Jesus (2007).
Mark's Gospel contains two messianic secrets: who the Messiah is,
and what disciples of the Messiah do. Derek Tovey expertly reveals
the secrets, using his knowledge of narrative technique and his
scholarship of the Gospels. In doing this, a beautiful and fresh
reading of the Gospel is given for the modern reader. There are
hidden depths in Mark's Gospel. This guide brings each of them into
--Peter Carrell, Director, Theology House, New Zealand
In this engaging and readable book, Derek Tovey uses a
narrative-critical approach to Mark's story of Jesus. He shows
that, while the story ends abruptly at 16:8, the real ending is in
Mark 13. Here the author encourages the rehabilitated disciples,
and indeed Mark's readers of every generation, to 'keep awake'
until the kingdom of God is established. This is an insightful
treatment of Mark's story. It deserves to be widely read.
--Philip Church, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, School of Theology Mission and Ministry, Laidlaw College, New Zealand This is an accessible, yet profound, invitation to the Gospel of Mark, and its concluding questions will enable both the sole reader/disciple as well as various study groups to encounter the story of Jesus as told by the evangelist, Mark.
--Professor Elaine Wainwright, Head of School of Theology, University of Auckland, New Zealand Beginning with the troubling original ending of Mark's Gospel, Derek Tovey takes the reader on a journey to discover the identity of Jesus. En route he finds an account of Jesus that gently but firmly leads readers of the Gospel . . . to begin to write their own lives into the story. Backed by non-intrusive scholarship, this highly accessible investigation is filled with insight both on the Gospel of Mark and on the figure of Jesus.
--Tim Meadowcroft, Head of School of Theology, Mission and Ministry, Laidlaw College, New Zealand For those of us--myself included--who think we have more or less grasped what Mark is doing in his Gospel, Derek Tovey gives us ample reason to think again! This is an engagingly written journey though Mark that will, for example, offer Lenten and other study groups a refreshing, rewarding, and readable account of who Jesus is, and what it means to follow him today.
--Bob Robinson, Senior Lecturer, Laidlaw College, New Zealand