The Gospel of Mark


possible author: John Mark (companion of Peter, Paul)

Most likely a Christian who came out of a jewish background

Date written: 65-70 ad

possibly written to bolster christians during jewish revolt (hated by romans and jews)

Broken into Episodes

1. Baptist andBaptized

Mark's gospel opens with "the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God."

Immediately reveals Jesus' identity and Messianic mission

"You are my son"

"the spirit descended on him" - holy spirit guides jesus' mission

People's reactions to Jesus:

astonished, amazed, astounded, in awe, etc

Jesus as TEACHER;

jesus teaches with authority:

  • The right to command
  • Someone with official power
  • Source of reliable information
  • Ability to gain the respect of others and influence what they do

Jesus calls his first disciples (not customary)

Mark 2:1-3:6 -

5 conflicts, controversies:

  • Jesus claims he can forgive sins
  • Call of Levi and eating with sinners
  • Jesus not fasting
  • Jesus not following Sabbath eating rules
  • Jesus cures on Sabbath

jesus ushering in new covenant (testament) - creative, original, influential...


Jesus as a man of ACTION:

  • Jesus calls disciples
  • Jesus cures demoniac
  • Jesus cures Simon's mother-in-law
  • Jesus heals paralytic
  • Jesus eats with sinners

**God's love is more important than these laws.**

Mark 4: 35-41 Calming the Sea

encouraging for mark's audience (and us) because Jesus will calm our storms

even those closest to jesus had lack of faith so it's understandable when we experience this also

Mark 6: 1-6 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

Jesus' hometown couldn't see past their experience of jesus as "the carpenter's son"

like the hard path (sower parable) where nothing grows

first episode ends with Mark 6: 14-29 - Death of John the Baptist

Second Episode:

Who do You Say I am? (messianic secret)

  • John The Baptist
  • Elijah the Prophet
  • a prophet
  • Peter says, "the Messiah" - but still does not understand

Mark 8: 31-33

compares peter to satan (does not accept that jesus will suffer)

Passion Predictions:

Mark 10: 32 - most detailed account

4 important stories:

1. Mark 9: 33-37 Greatest in the Kingdom

Jesus uses a child as an example of anawim

Mark 10: 15 Blessing of the Children

We must accept the kingdom of god like a child in order to enter it.

Mark 10: 17-31 Rich Man

OT understanding(material goods=God's favor)

NT understanding (salvation = God's gift)

Mark 14: 3-9 Anointing at Bethany

woman anointing jesus' body for death

women could truly recognize jesus

Entry into Jerusalem, Beginning of Paschal Mystery

passion and death story of jesus

Resurrection (2 endings)

Longer ending - probably added later

shorter ending - women go to anoint body (mary magdalene, Mary, salome) and find the stone rolled away, the empty tomb, and the angel

the women are instructed to "go tell everyone"

shorter ending: what would we do?

What would you do?


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