Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God

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Mark 8:27-9:8

This is one of my favorite passages. The Greek isn't any more difficult than the previous chapter, but it's teaching on discipleship is central to who we are. Please be sure to spend time in class talking about what discipleship is and how it should affect you and your relationship with God and others.

Mark 8:27 – 8:30

Mark 8:27 We meet the accusative used as the subject of an infinitive.
Mark 8:28 Sometimes, you have to figure out the missing words to understand the case of a word.
Mark 8:29 Be sure you have done v 27 since the same odd construction occurs in this verse.
Mark 8:30 Pretty easy verse.

Mark 8:31 – 9:1


Mark 8:31 Other than some long words that are hard to pronounce, the verse is straight forward.
Mark 8:32 A good example of how sometimes the subject of the indicative verb gets placed inside a participial phrase.
Mark 8:33 This verse shows how a Greek word can tie a discussion together even when it is not visible in English. There is also an interesting construction with the article.
Mark 8:34 The single most important verse on discipleship in the Bible.
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Mark 9:1 The challenge of this verse is not how to translate it but what the prophecy means.

Mark 9:2–8

Mark 9:2 No real issues here.
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Mark 9:1