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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE LAW CALLED

MARK

 

Overview:

This record of the life of Jesus is widely perceived as having been written to a largely Roman audience. Accordingly, this work focuses on what Jesus did as it presents him as a forceful man of action in control of the events surrounding him as he served those in need while demonstrating the great power and ability of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. Many see this work as being written to provide courage and confidence to believers who were being persecuted in the mid-60's AD. Mark records fewer parables than does Matthew and Luke, but describes more miracles in which the hand of Jesus is frequently mentioned to emphasize a sense of his personal service. It may be studied in seven sections:

(1) First Division (1:1-3:6),
(2) Second Division (3:7-29),
(3) Third Division (6:30-8:21),
(4) Fourth Division (9:22-10:45),
(5) Fifth Division (10:46-13:37),
(6) Sixth Division (15:47-15:47), and
(7) a Final Addendum (16:1-20) that contains a record of post-resurrection events leading up to the ascension of Jesus to heaven.

Iconographic Representation:

Early Christian tradition identified the four Gospels with icons based on the four faces of angelic creatures described in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation (cf. Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14; Rev. 4:7ff; 21:13ff) and also reflecting the encampment of ancient Israel in the wilderness. Mark's Gospel has been symbolized as an ox, representing the camp of Ephraim standing west of the Tabernacle and serving as an expression of the character of the Messiah's labor and service by presenting Jesus as the servant of God and the servant of men.

Authorship:

Some scholars hold that this work was the first written Gospel rather than the Gospel of Matthew. Traditionally attributed to John Mark, a companion of Peter and Paul in several missionary activities, it is generally agreed that the Gospel of Mark was written in Rome, first intended for use by Roman citizens living there. Pertinent evidence for this theory includes frequent quotation of Aramaic words, followed by a translation of them, along with explanations of Jewish customs clearly intended primarily for non-Jewish readers.

Composition Date:

Those who hold to a very early date for the writing of this Gospel attribute this work to the late 60's or early 70's AD, most likely before the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 AD. Some note that allusions to persecution contained in the work (cf. 8:34-38; 10:38-40) seem to be too general to have been written down after the commencement of persecution under Nero in ca. 60 AD. Therefore it is surmised that a more likely post-persecution date for the writing of this work would have resulted in a more intense literary focus consistent with such persecution, had this book been composed at a date later than before 64 AD.

Messianic Theme:

The Gospel for Romans—What did the Messiah Do?

 

Introduction to the book of Mark taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

MARK | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16
O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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