"The Gospel of Mark is shallow enough for a child to paddle in, but deep enough for an elephant to wade in” – Tom Wright

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“The Gospel of Mark is shallow enough for a child to paddle in, but deep enough for an elephant to wade in” – Tom Wright


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

“The Gospel of Mark is shallow enough for a child to paddle in, but deep enough for an elephant to wade in” – Tom Wright



By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service


LONDON

(ANS) — It’s not often that you get a chance to ask a question directly to one of the world’s premier theologians, but Professor Tom Wright took time to answer questions live online.

According to a news release from Premier Christian Media, some questions had been submitted beforehand via Facebook and Twitter, whilst others were presented via a chat window or audio feed, directly to Wright. He said that although he has been studying this material for 35 years, the questions don’t always get any easier.

The online event launched The Big Read 2012 (http://bigbible.org.uk/big-read/bigread12/), in which house groups across the UK will engage with Wright’s text “Lent for Everyone: Mark.”

The news release said when asked why Lent, and why Mark, Wright said that it helps us to get into the right frame of mind for Easter, and fits in with a tri-annual cycle of readings known as the Lectionary.

According to the release, Wright dealt with 26 questions ranging from popular to deep theology.

The news release stated that Wright said we should continue to read the Bible. That’s because, he said, after nearly 60 years of reading the Bible, he still gets something new out of it at every reading.

Wright also gave his thoughts on news translations. He compared them to different productions of a Beethoven composition. He said the core piece of music is the same, but every conductor interprets it differently, bringing something new to it.

You can find out exactly what was asked, and how Professor Wright responded, by logging on to view the recording of the webinar on:

http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/02/live-qa-with-professor-tom-wright-bigread12/.

 








Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “Homeless in the City.”



Additional details on “Homeless in the City” are available at http://www.homelessinthecity.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at jeremyreynalds@comcast.net.


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