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Book Number 41
Testament New
Number of Chapters 16
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Literary Genre Gospel
References Used Bibliography: Mark

The Gospel of Mark is the shortest, and theoretically the earliest gospel. If this is true, then Mark invented the genre of gospel and so should be forgiven if he was not extremely precise in his writing. Matthew and Luke both seem to rely heavily upon Mark's book when writing their own, but added and changed considerable material.

Tradition has the gospel of Mark written by John Mark, based on what he learned from the teachings of Peter (Mark 14:51-52). It was written in either 55-60 or 65-70 CE, presumably in Rome (Mark 15:21).

The Gospel of Mark is characterized as much by what it leaves out as what it includes, and what Mark does record is written in a rouch Greek that emphasizes events more than stories. Mark does not record the birth story of Jesus, or any detailed account of the resurrection. Mark also wrote without much apparent theological considerations. Sometimes he is a little vague or uses words that could be taken multiple, and sometimes unfortunate, ways. A perfect example is Mark 1:12 where Mark records that the Holy Spirit “cast him into the wilderness” using the same word as uses sometimes for exorcism. Matthew and Luke naturally correct this with a word that cannot be as easily misunderstood.

Another characterization of Mark is his use of “immediately”. Mark has sometimes been called the action gospel because he seems to be rushing through it, with everything happening “immediately” and with a relative lack of details.

Finally, the end of Mark, Mark 16:9-20 has generally been considered by scholars to have been added later onto the original text, though many still retain it as authoritative.

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Chapters With Commentary

Mark 1, Mark 16, Mark 2, Mark 8