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I've completed dozens of Bible studies over 50 years. This study took me to new thoughts and understanding of how the New and old Testaments are interrelated. Get ready for deep thought if you use the Mark study guide. Literally the best Bible study that I've ever done. The ESV study Bible is used extensively for the development of the questions although not a must it's helpful to have one.
This is a great little Bible study. I just finished it and I feel like a know a lot more about the book of Mark as a whole (the themes, theology, how it relates to the ot, etc). The way it is set up is that week 1 and 12 are introduction/conclusion chapters and all the weeks in between are set up in the same format. Every week there is a section of the book to read, questions about the passage of scripture (usually 6-7 for the whole week), then the author gives information on the theology in the passage, whole bible connections, etc and space to reflect on what you have read/learned.
What I really like about this study is that the week is not broken up into work for each day, day one, day two etc. and for some reason it makes it much more manageable. I am very busy and if I have to miss a day for whatever reason I don't feel like I am playing catch up, I just keep going from where I left off. It is a very manageable amount to get done in a week by working on it 15-30 minutes 3-5 days. I was just doing it on my own, so I didn't always do the week mon-fri but it worked great for me and my schedule. The other thing I really loved was that the questions were very thought provoking. This isn't your typical "look up the verse and fill in the blank" The questions really made me think and search the scripture to find the answers. This was a really great study and I highly recommend it. I will be ordering another one soon.
This is an excellent study. Dane asks very leading questions that take you in a place different than what you may think one would ask! I have 2 groups in my home on Tuesdays, one morning, one afternoon, and they all loved it.
I enjoy the way the book is organized. There are numerous insights in familiar passages. There's no doubt that the authors and contributors took extreme measures to be sure that they interpreted the Scriptures accurately while providing a clear understanding of the passage for the average layman.