Gabrielle M. Markusse-Overduin, PhD.
‘Salvation in Mark: the Death of Jesus and the Path of Discipleship’ (NTC), 2013.
The three Passion Predictions in Mark’s Gospel are each coupled to a discipleship teaching moment in which the Markan Jesus basically tells his disciples that he will suffer and die, and that they will, too, if they choose to follow him. In a narrative study of Mark, she looks at this teaching in light of the Gospel as a whole, including the failure of the disciples to live up to this standard which Jesus presents as imperative. Embedded in the narrative, a promise is found of the Holy Spirit as the true enabler of a discipleship that can follow unto death.
Dr Markusse-Overduin resides in the Netherlands where she is Coordinator of the Netherlands Learning Centre of the European Nazarene College (EuNC), geared especially towards training pastors in the Wesleyan tradition, and the New Testament chair of the Curriculum Committee for EuNC as a whole. She also pastors the urban church plant The Living Tree in Utrecht. Her interests in Narrative Theology and the theme of ‘suffering’ in the Prophets and the Gospels are on-going.
She is a member of the British New Testament Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Wesleyan Theological Society, an honorary fellow of the Amsterdam New Testament Colloquium (Vrije Universiteit) and active participant in the Werkgroep Nieuwe Testament (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn).