Widow’s Offering Mark 12:38 – 13:2

The widow’s offering stimulated one of my earliest reflections on scriptural guidance for thinking about evaluation. I saw Jesus observing the activity at the temple treasury demonstrating key features of evaluation work. See Widow’s Offering Mark 12:41-44

Recently I read Practicing Resurrection, Janet Wolf’s commentary on the Gospel of Mark. She points out that this brief story is situated between stern warnings about judgment that will be made on those who put more value on religiosity than on living righteously. I had not examined the larger context (Mark 12:38 – 13:2).

Evaluators, explore the larger context surrounding the evaluand. You may discover significant findings that otherwise will be overlooked.


Rice, Jim. “Where is Thy God?” November 8, 2009. Sojourners Preaching the Word [online]

Smith, Geoffrey. “A Closer Look At The Widow’s Offering: Mark 12:41-44,” 1997;2002. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Vol. 40, Page 27-36).

Wolf, Janet. Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship, 2019. (Mission Study) United Methodist Women. Kindle Edition.

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