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Dig Deeper into the Gospels

Dig Deeper into the Gospels

Coming Face to Face with Jesus in Mark

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Using the right tools, you can unearth new treasure in the Gospels, starting with Mark as a worked example.

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Anyone who has been through Sunday school can tell you that Jesus walked on water, fed the 5,000 and told a parable about a sower. Is there really much more to it than that? Aren't the Gospels supposed to be the "easy" bits of the Bible?

Using Mark as a worked example, Andrew and Tim follow 'the most important things that have ever happened in the history of the world'. They help us see "a diagnosis of the human condition more perceptive than that offered by any physician, politician, philosopher or psychiatrist". They point to a solution that touches in the same moment both the horrors of hell and the glory of heaven. We come face to face with the Jesus of the Bible and see how to follow him in a way that utterly transforms our lives.

The conviction of the Dig Deeper books is that God wants us to work hard at reading the Bible in order to discover its true meaning, hence the use of 'tools' to dig and dig again. It's an interactive and enjoyable process. Indeed, the authors want to make finding Bible treasure a real possibility for everyone. And to do so with receptive hearts, listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

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  • Getting started

  • The Columbo moment

  • The Kingdom colours

  • The Pharisee-o-meter

  • Listen up!

  • Fear and faith

  • A head on a platter

  • Heavenly Hovis

  • Heart failure

  • Crumbs for the dogs

  • Unblinded

  • Come die with me

  • The eye of a needle

  • A King's ransom

  • Roll out the red carpet

  • The stone the builders rejected

  • The end of the world is nigh

  • Adored and betrayed

  • The cock crows twice

  • Hail, King of the Jews!

  • He has risen

  • Appendix: Is Mark history?


Contributors Tim Hiorns
ISBN 9781783591992
Format Paperback
First published February 2015
Dimensions 135mm x 203mm x 16mm
Weight 0.25 kg
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher IVP
Independent reviews

Dig Deeper

Tim Challies, Challies.com, 23 Oct 2010

Ideal for young Christians or Christians who are eager to begin a new depth of Bible study, Dig Deeper does just what it promises—it provides tools for understanding the Word of God. In his praise for the book Kent R. Hughes says that he will keep a few copies handy to give to others and even to refresh his own preaching. And Jay Thomas, who serves as College Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, says that he would be glad to put it into the hands of any of his students. This exactly that kind of book—one to read and one to keep on-hand, ready to give away. I recommend it for both purposes.... continue reading

Customer reviews

5 Jun 2018

“Helps you discover that studying the Bible is really exciting!”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Does what it says on the cover: it provides tools to enable you dig deeper into the Bible's treasure. It is accessible to folk who are new to the concept of this way of getting to grips with scripture, whilst also being a great reminder for those who are already familiar. The worked examples really help clarify the process. Each time I've bought a new copy I ended up giving it away - so last time I bought several!

4 Aug 2015


Really helpful to give you a challenging understanding of the wonderful good news of the Lord Jesus as Mark explains it. Useful for individual or group use.

6 May 2014


(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Excellent tools - presented in amazing simplicity. It caters for all levels of readers and they don't waste time emphasizing technical theological aspects. The book is well woven and injects excitement into studying the bible. The examples are simple, relevant and easy to replicate. Well done guys - these tools go a long way to address some of the errors which have been passed on from generation to generation, especially in our pentecostal circles. This is a must read for anyone who is seeking proper/accurate study of the word.

20 Aug 2011

“Excellent tool”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Does everything it's says on cover and more. Really opens up scripture. A great tool for any Christian to deepen their understanding and passion for God's word.

7 Aug 2009

“essential reading for ALL Christians”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Brilliant: clear, concise, accessible, thorough, orthodox. Opens up scripture to those who are new to it, provides THE tools to understand all those 'tough' passages that till now you've been skipping past, and clears up a LOT of common errors in Bible interpretation and use.

Really does what it says its aim is, to help us to 'correctly handle the word of truth' (2 Timothy 2:15).

The book is Jesus-focused and makes you want to praise and follow him more!

22 Oct 2007

“Excellent guide for unpacking the meaning of Bible texts”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Trying to understand and interpret the Bible for ourselves is hard work: it requires a combination of disciplined study and humble reliance on God’s guidance through His Spirit. That’s why it’s often tempting to over-rely on other people to teach the Bible to us – to be spoon-fed by sermons, group discussions and commentaries. But whilst we should be grateful for the abundance of good Bible teaching available in this country, it is important to remember that we need to check everything we hear against what the Bible says for ourselves (Acts 17:11).

This book is ideal for anyone wishing to develop their skills in handling and interpreting the Bible. The authors go through a series of highly practical “tools” which can be employed when approaching any passage of Scripture, and which (if utilised sensibly and intuitively) will greatly improve one’s understanding of God’s living and active word.

For example, the reader is instructed to consider the context and structure of a passage; to look out for repetitions, linking words and parallels; and to bear in mind the genre of the text, as well as its author’s purpose. Each tool is explained with the aid of worked examples of Bible passages that are frequently misinterpreted or misapplied. At the end of each chapter, there are also questions for further self-study, although answers are not provided (because the aim of the book is to help the reader to gain confidence in his or her own reading of Scripture, rather than to reach instinctively for a commentary!)

This book is essential reading for anyone who regularly leads Bible studies but is also highly recommended for all Christians who want to improve their grasp of Scripture and to discover its true meaning. However, it should be emphasised that improved intellectual knowledge of the Bible on its own is useless without humility and obedience – the ultimate aim is to know God better and so follow him more closely.

23 May 2007

“Excellent, easily accessible”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

This book is brilliant for helping you to understand the Bible. It's written in such a way that its really accessible for Christians new and old. Each chapter focus' on a different 'tool' and has worked examples and also examples for you to do yourself. Using the tools can make Bible passages seem much easier to understand. I've only given it 4 out of 5 though because it could also lead you into the trap of making Bible study simply an intellectual thing rather than time spent learning about God.

13 May 2007

“A fantastic book to help people how to understand the bible for themselves.”

(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

This is a fantastic book, that gives helpful ideas in how to understand and interpret the bible correctly and apply it into our lives. It uses 'tools' to show you how a passage is meant to be understood in the correct context and enables you to further your love and knowledge of Jesus. A great book to read yourself or to give away to young Christians in order to help them understand the bible correctly. A top quality book! Go on buy it!

11 Apr 2007


(Review written for 'Dig Deeper')

Clear, concise and comprehensive. It's a wonder to me, that nobody had written such a book before this: truly a gem. I have given it as 'required study' to my senior leadership team. Essential to master these simple tools if you want to lead a Bible Study (especially if you write your own). Very useful if you're wanting to get more out of your own, personal study of Scripture too.

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