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New Testament papyri, showing 2 Cor 11:33–12:9
The Gospel of Mark
Most critical scholars reject the early church tradition linking the gospel to
Authorship and date
An early Christian tradition deriving from
The Gospel of Mark was written in Greek, for a gentile audience, and probably in Rome, although Galilee, Antioch (third-largest city in the Roman Empire, located in northern Syria), and southern Syria have also been suggested.
The consensus among modern scholars is that the gospels are a subset of the ancient genre of bios, or ancient biography. Ancient biographies were concerned with providing examples for readers to emulate while preserving and promoting the subject's reputation and memory, and also included morals, rhetoric, propaganda and kerygma (preaching) in their works. Like all the synoptic gospels, the purpose of writing was to strengthen the faith of those who already believed, as opposed to serving as a tractate for missionary conversion. Christian churches were small communities of believers, often based on households (an autocratic patriarch plus extended family, slaves, freedmen, and other clients), and the evangelists often wrote on two levels: one the "historical" presentation of the story of Jesus, the other dealing with the concerns of the author's own day. Thus the proclamation of Jesus in Mark 1:14 and the following verses, for example, mixes the terms Jesus would have used as a 1st-century Jew ("kingdom of God") and those of the early church ("believe", "gospel").
Christianity began within
Up until the 19th century the gospel of Mark was traditionally placed second, and sometimes fourth, in the Christian canon, as an abridgement of Matthew; the Church has consequently derived its view of Jesus primarily from Matthew, secondarily from John, and only distantly from Mark.
However, in the 19th century, Mark came to be viewed by many scholars as the
It is widely accepted that this was the first gospel (Marcan Priority) and was used as a source by both Matthew and Luke, who agree with each other in their sequence of stories and events only when they also agree with Mark. The hypothesis of Marcan priority continues to be held by the majority of scholars today, and there is a new recognition of the author as an artist and theologian using a range of literary devices to convey his conception of Jesus as the authoritative yet suffering Son of God.
When in the 19th century it became widely accepted that Mark was the earliest of the gospels it was assumed that it was therefore the most reliable source for the
Structure and content
|Detailed content of Mark|
|1. Galilean ministry|
|John the Baptist (1:1–8)|
|Baptism of Jesus (1:9–11)|
Temptation of Jesus(1:12–13)
|Capernaum's synagogue (1:21–28)|
|Peter's mother-in-law (1:29–31)|
|Exorcising at sunset (1:32–34)|
|A leper (1:35–45)|
|A paralytic (2:1–2:12)|
|Calling of Matthew (2:13–17)|
|Fasting and wineskins (2:18–22)|
|Lord of the Sabbath (2:23–28)|
|Man with withered hand (3:1–6)|
|Withdrawing to the sea (3:7–3:12)|
Commissioning the Twelve(3:13–19)
|Blind mute (3:20–26)|
|Eternal sin (3:28–30)|
|Jesus' true relatives (3:31–35)|
|Parable of the Sower (4:1–9,13-20)|
|Purpose of parables (4:10–12,33-34)|
|Lamp under a bushel (4:21–23)|
|Mote and Beam (4:24–25)|
|Growing seed and Mustard seed (4:26–32)|
|Calming the storm (4:35–41)|
|Demon named Legion (5:1–20)|
Daughter of Jairus(5:21–43)
|Hometown rejection (6:1–6)|
|Instructions for the Twelve (6:7–13)|
Beheading of John(6:14–29)
|Feeding the 5000 (6:30–44)|
Walking on water(6:45–52)
|Fringe of his cloak heals (6:53–56)|
|Discourse on Defilement (7:1–23)|
Canaanite woman's daughter(7:24–30)
|Deaf mute (7:31–37)|
|Feeding the 4000 (8:1–9)|
|No sign will be given (8:10–21)|
Healing with spit(8:22–26)
|Jesus predicts his death (8:31–33, 9:30–32, 10:32–34)|
|Instructions for followers (8:34–9:1)|
|Possessed boy (9:14–29)|
|Teaching in Capernaum (9:33–50)|
|2. Journey to Jerusalem|
|On divorce (10:2–12)|
|Rich young man (10:17–31)|
|Son of man came to serve (10:35–45)|
|3. Events in Jerusalem|
|Entering Jerusalem (11:1–11)|
Cursing the fig tree(11:12–14,20-24)
|Prayer for forgiveness (11:25–26)|
|Authority questioned (11:27–33)|
Render unto Caesar...(12:13–17)
Resurrection of the Dead(12:18–27)
|Great Commandment (12:28–34)|
|Is the Messiah the son of David? (12:35–40)|
|Widow's mite (12:41–44)|
Plot to kill Jesus(14:1–2)
|Bargain of Judas (14:10–11)|
|Last Supper (14:12–26)|
|Denial of Peter (14:27–31,66-72)|
|Agony in the Garden (14:32–42)|
|Kiss of Judas (14:43–45)|
Before the High Priest(14:53–65)
|Pilate's court (15:1–15)|
|Soldiers mock Jesus (15:16–20)|
|Simon of Cyrene (15:21)|
|Empty tomb (16:1–8)|
|The Longer Ending (16:9–20)|
|Post-resurrection appearances (16:9–13)|
|Great Commission (16:14–18)|
Dispersion of the Apostles(16:20)
There is no agreement on the structure of Mark.
- Jesus is first announced as the Messiah and then later as the Son of God; he is baptised by John and a heavenly voice announces him as the Son of God; he is tested in the wilderness by kingdom of God.
- Jesus gathers his disciples; he begins teaching, driving out demons, healing the sick, cleansing lepers, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, and giving sight to the blind; he delivers a long discourse in parables to the crowd, intended for the disciples, but they fail to understand; he performs mighty works, calming the storm and walking on water, but while God and demons recognise him, neither the crowds nor the disciples grasp his identity. He also has several run-ins with Jewish law keepers, especially in chapters 2–3.
- Jesus asks the disciples who people say he is, and then, "but you, who do you say I am?" Peter answers that he is the Christ, and Jesus commands him to silence; Jesus explains that the Son of Man must go to Jerusalem and be killed, but will rise again; Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus and God tells the disciples, "This is my son," but they remain uncomprehending.
- Jesus goes to Jerusalem, where he is hailed as one who "comes in the name of the Lord" and will inaugurate the "kingdom of David"; he drives those who buy and sell animals from the Temple and debates with the Jewish authorities; on the Son of Manin power and glory.
- A woman perfumes Jesus' head with oil, and Jesus explains that this is a sign of his coming death; Jesus celebrates Pilate, who has him crucified as one who claims to be "king of the Jews"; Jesus, abandoned by the disciples, is buried in a rock tomb by a sympathetic member of the Jewish council.
- The women who have followed Jesus come to the tomb on Sunday morning; they find it empty, and are told by a young man in a white robe to go and tell the others that Jesus has risen and has gone before them to Galilee; "but they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid".
The earliest extant Greek manuscripts of Mark, codices Vaticanus (which contains a large blank space in the column after 16:8) and Sinaiticus, end at Mark 16:8, with the women fleeing in fear from the empty tomb. The majority of recent scholars believe this to be the original ending, and that this is supported by statements from the early Church Fathers Eusebius and Jerome. The "shorter ending", found in a small number of manuscripts, tells how the women told "those around Peter" all that the angel had commanded and how the message of eternal life (or "proclamation of eternal salvation") was then sent out by Jesus himself; it differs from the rest of Mark both in style and in its understanding of Jesus and is almost universally considered a spurious addition; the overwhelming majority of manuscripts have the "longer ending", with accounts of the resurrected Jesus, the commissioning of the disciples to proclaim the gospel, and Christ's ascension. In deference to its importance within the manuscript tradition, the New Testament critical editors enclose the longer ending in brackets.
The author introduces his work as "gospel", meaning "good news", a literal translation of the Greek "evangelion" – he uses the word more often than any other writer in the New Testament except Paul. Paul uses it to mean "the good news (of the saving significance of the death and resurrection) of Christ"; Mark extends it to the career of Christ as well as his death and resurrection. Like the other gospels, Mark was written to confirm the identity of Jesus as eschatological deliverer – the purpose of terms such as "messiah" and "son of God". As in all the gospels, the messianic identity of Jesus is supported by a number of themes, including: (1) the depiction of his disciples as obtuse, fearful and uncomprehending; (2) the refutation of the charge made by Jesus' enemies that he was a magician; (3) secrecy surrounding his true identity (this last is missing from John).
The failure of the disciples
In Mark, the disciples, especially the Twelve, move from lack of perception of Jesus to rejection of the "way of suffering" to flight and denial – even the women who received the first proclamation of his resurrection can be seen as failures for not reporting the good news. There is much discussion of this theme among scholars. Some argue that the author of Mark was using the disciples to correct "erroneous" views in his own community concerning the reality of the suffering messiah, others that it is an attack on the Jerusalem branch of the church for resisting the extension of the gospel to the gentiles, or a mirror of the convert's usual experience of the initial enthusiasm followed by growing awareness of the necessity for suffering. It certainly reflects the strong theme in Mark of Jesus as the "suffering just one" portrayed in so many of the books of the Jewish scriptures, from
The charge of magic
Mark contains twenty accounts of miracles and healings, accounting for almost a third of the gospel and half of the first ten chapters, more, proportionally, than in any other gospel. In the gospels as a whole, Jesus' miracles, prophecies, etc., are presented as evidence of God's rule, but Mark's descriptions of Jesus' healings are a partial exception to this, as his methods, using spittle to heal blindness and magic formulae, were those of a magician. This is the charge the Jewish religious leaders bring against Jesus: they say he is performing exorcisms with the aid of an evil spirit and calling up the spirit of John the Baptist. "There was [...] no period in the history of the [Roman] empire in which the magician was not considered an enemy of society," subject to penalties ranging from exile to death, says Classical scholar Ramsay MacMullen. All the gospels defend Jesus against the charge, which, if true, would contradict their ultimate claims for him. The point of the Beelzebub incident in Mark is to set forth Jesus' claims to be an instrument of God, not Satan.
In 1901, William Wrede identified the "Messianic secret" – Jesus' secrecy about his identity as the messiah – as one of Mark's central themes. Wrede argued that the elements of the secret – Jesus' silencing of the demons, the obtuseness of the disciples regarding his identity, and the concealment of the truth inside parables – were fictions and arose from the tension between the Church's post-resurrection messianic belief and the historical reality of Jesus. There remains continuing debate over how far the "secret" originated with Mark and how far he got it from tradition, and how far, if at all, it represents the self-understanding and practices of the historical Jesus.
Christology means a doctrine or understanding concerning the person or nature of Christ. In the New Testament writings it is frequently conveyed through the titles applied to Jesus. Most scholars agree that "Son of God" is the most important of these titles in Mark. It appears on the lips of God himself at the baptism and the transfiguration, and is Jesus' own self-designation. These and other instances provide reliable evidence of how the evangelist perceived Jesus, but it is not clear just what the title meant to Mark and his 1st century audience. Where it appears in the Hebrew scriptures it meant Israel as God's people, or the king at his coronation, or angels, as well as the suffering righteous man. In Hellenistic culture the same phrase meant a "divine man", a supernatural being. There is little evidence that "son of God" was a title for the messiah in 1st century Judaism, and the attributes which Mark describes in Jesus are much more those of the Hellenistic miracle-working "divine man" than of the Jewish Davidic messiah.
Mark does not explicitly state what he means by "Son of God", nor when the sonship was conferred. The New Testament as a whole presents four different understandings:
- Jesus became God's son at his resurrection, God "begetting" Jesus to a new life by raising him from the dead – this was the earliest understanding, preserved in Paul's Epistle to the Romans, 1:3–4, and in Acts 13:33;
- Jesus became God's son at his baptism, the coming of the Holy Spirit marking him as messiah, while "Son of God" refers to the relationship then established for him by God – this is the understanding implied in Mark 1:9–11;
- Matthew and Luke present Jesus as "Son of God" from the moment of conception and birth, with God taking the place of a human father;
- John, the last of the gospels, presents the idea that the Christ was pre-existent and became flesh as Jesus – an idea also found in Paul.
However, other scholars dispute this interpretation and instead hold that Jesus is already presented as God's son even before his baptism in Mark.
Mark also calls Jesus "christos" (Christ), translating the Hebrew "messiah," (anointed person). In the Old Testament the term messiah ("anointed one") described prophets, priests and kings; by the time of Jesus, with the kingdom long vanished, it had come to mean an eschatological king (a king who would come at the end of time), one who would be entirely human though far greater than all God's previous messengers to Israel, endowed with miraculous powers, free from sin, ruling in justice and glory (as described in, for example, the Psalms of Solomon, a Jewish work from this period). The most important occurrences are in the context of Jesus' death and suffering, suggesting that, for Mark, Jesus can only be fully understood in that context.
A third important title, "
Christ's death, resurrection and return
The term "Son of God" likewise had a specific Jewish meaning, or range of meanings, including referring to an angel, the nation of Israel, or simply a man. One of the most significant Jewish meanings of this epithet is reference to an earthly king adopted by God as his son at his enthronement, legitimising his rule over Israel. In Hellenistic culture, in contrast, the phrase meant a "divine man", covering legendary heroes like Hercules, god-kings like the Egyptian pharaohs, or famous philosophers like Plato. When the gospels call Jesus "Son of God" the intention is to place him in the class of Hellenistic and Greek divine men, the "sons of God" who were endowed with supernatural power to perform healings, exorcisms and other wonderful deeds. Mark's "Son of David" is Hellenistic, his Jesus predicting that his mission involves suffering, death and resurrection, and, by implication, not military glory and conquest. This reflects a move away from the Jewish-Christian apocalyptic tradition and towards the Hellenistic message preached by Paul, for whom Christ's death and resurrection, rather than the establishment of the apocalyptic Jewish kingdom, is the meaning of salvation, the "gospel".
Comparison with other writings
Mark and the New Testament
All four gospels tell a story in which Jesus' death and resurrection are the crucial redemptive events.
Christians of Mark's time expected Jesus to return as Messiah in their own lifetime – Mark, like the other gospels, attributes the promise to Jesus himself, and it is reflected in the Pauline Epistles, the Epistle of James, the Epistle to the Hebrews and in the Book of Revelation. When return failed, the early Christians revised their understanding. Some acknowledged that the Second Coming had been delayed, but still expected it; others redefined the focus of the promise, the Gospel of John, for example, speaking of "eternal life" as something available in the present; while still others concluded that Jesus would not return at all (the Second Epistle of Peter argues against those who held this view).
Mark's despairing death of Jesus was changed to a more victorious one in subsequent gospels.
Content unique to Mark
- The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27[c] Not present in either Matthew 12:1–8 or Luke 6:1–5. This is also a so-called "Western non-interpolation". The passage is not found in the Western text of Mark.
- People were saying, "[Jesus] has gone out of his mind", see also Rejection of Jesus.
- Mark is the only gospel with the combination of verses in Mark 4:24–25: the other gospels split them up, Mark 4:24 being found in Luke 6:38 and Matthew 7:2, Mark 4:25 in Matthew 13:12 and Matthew 25:29, Luke 8:18 and Luke 19:26.
- The Parable of the Growing Seed.
- Only Mark counts the possessed swine; there are about two thousand.
- Two consecutive healing stories of women; both make use of the number twelve.
- Only Mark gives healing commands of Jesus in the (presumably original) Aramaic of Jesus.
- Only place in the New Testament where Jesus is referred to as "the son of Mary".
- Mark is the only gospel where Jesus himself is called a carpenter; in Matthew he is called a carpenter's son.
- Only place that both names
- The taking of a staff and sandals is permitted in Mark 6:8–9 but prohibited in Matthew 10:9–10 and Luke 9:3.
- Only Mark refers to Herod Antipas as a king; Matthew and Luke refer to him (more properly) as a tetrarch.
- The longest version of the story of Herodias' daughter's dance and the beheading of John the Baptist.
- Mark's literary cycles:
- 8:1–9 – Feeding of the four thousand;
- 8:10 – Crossing of the lake;
- 8:11–13 – Dispute with the Pharisees;
- 8:14–21 – Incident of no bread and discourse about the leaven of the Pharisees.
- Customs that at that time were unique to Jews are explained (hand, produce, and utensil washing): Mark 7:3–4.
- "Thus he declared all foods clean".NRSV, not found in the Matthean parallel Matthew 15:15–20.
- There is no mention of Samaritans.
- Jesus heals using his fingers and spit at the same time: 7:33; cf. 8:23, Luke 11:20, John 9:6, Matthew 8:16.
- Jesus lays his hands on a blind man twice in curing him: 8:23–25; cf. 5:23, 16:18, Acts 6:6, Acts 9:17, Acts 28:8, laying on of hands.
- Jesus cites the Shema Yisrael: "Hear O Israel ..."; in the parallels of Matt 22:37–38 and Luke 10:27 the first part of the Shema is absent.
- Mark points out that the Mount of Olives is across from the Temple.
- When Jesus is arrested, a young naked man flees. A young man in a robe also appears in Mark 16:5–7, see also Secret Gospel of Mark.
- Mark does not name the High Priest.
- Witness testimony against Jesus does not agree.
- The cock crows "twice" as predicted. See also Fayyum Fragment. The other Gospels simply record, "the cock crew". Early codices 01, W, and most Western texts have the simpler version.
- Pilate's position (Governor) is not specified.
- Simon of Cyrene's sons are named.
- A summoned centurion is questioned.
- The women ask each other who will roll away the stone
- A young man sits on the "right side".
- Mark is the only canonical gospel with significant various alternative endings.[e] Most of the contents of the traditional "Longer Ending" (Mark 16:9–20) are found in other New Testament texts and are not unique to Mark, see Mark 16#Longer ending of Mark (verses 9–20), the one significant exception being 16:18b ("and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them"), which is unique to Mark.
|Gospel of Mark|
- Acts of the Apostles (genre)
- Apocalyptic literature
- Gospel harmony
- Gospel of Mark (intertextuality)
- List of Gospels
- List of omitted Bible verses
- Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus(reference to Mark)
- Secret Gospel of Mark
- Textual variants in the Gospel of Mark
- Two-source hypothesis
- The book is sometimes called the Gospel according to Mark (Greek: Εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Μᾶρκον), or simply Mark (which is also its most common form of abbreviation).
- Leander 2013, p. 167 refers to Hengel 1985, pp. 7–28 and Collins 2007, pp. 11–14 as arguing for a dating immediately before 70 AD, and to Theissen 1992, pp. 258–262, Incigneri 2003, pp. 116–155, Head 2004 and Kloppenborg 2005 as arguing for a dating immediately after 70 AD. Leander also refers to the minority position of Crossley 2004, who proposed a much earlier c. 35–45 AD dating, listing reviews that point out the problems with Crossley's argument.
- Similar to a rabbinical saying from the 2nd century BC, "The Sabbath is given over to you ["the son of man"], and not you to the Sabbath." jewishencyclopedia
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- Keith 2016, p. 92.
- Sanders 1995, pp. 63–64.
- Burkett 2002, p. 156.
- Telford 1999, p. 12.
- Bible Mark 2:1–3:6
- Bible Mark 13:1–37
- Boring 2006, pp. 13–14.
- Perkins 2007, p. 241.
- Burkett 2002, p. 157.
- Lincoln 2004, p. 133.
- Dunn 2005, p. 174.
- Aune 1987, p. 59.
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- Aune 1987, p. 17.
- Morris 1990, p. 95.
- Aune 1987, p. 55.
- Donahue 2005, pp. 33–34.
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- Bible Mark 8:22–26
- "Talitha cumi," 5:41, "Ephphatha," 7:34
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- Powell 1998, p. 57.
- Bible Mark 3:22
- Bible Mark 6:14
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- Bible Mark 3:20–30
- Aune 1987, p. 56.
- Cross & Livingstone 2005, p. 1083.
- Telford 1999, p. 3.
- Bible Mark 13:32
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- Bible Mark 1:9–11
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- Donahue 2005, pp. 25–26.
- Edwards 2002, p. 250.
- Witherington 2001, p. 51.
- Donahue 2005, pp. 26–27.
- Daniel 7:13
- Bible Psalm 110:1
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- Dunn 2003, pp. 709–10.
- Strecker 2000, pp. 81–82.
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- Telford 1999, p. 52.
- Hurtado 2005, p. 587.
- Burkett 2002, p. 158.
- Bible Mark 9:1 and 13:30
- Burkett 2002, pp. 69–70.
- Moyise 2013, p. unpaginated.
- Bible Mark 3:21
- Bible Mark 4:26–29
- Bible Mark 5:13
- Bible Mark 5:25, Mark 5:42
- Bible Mark 5:41
- Bible Mark 7:34
- Bible Mark 6:3
- Bible Matthew 13:55
- Bible Mark 6:14, Mark 6:24
- Bible cf. Matthew 14:1; Luke 3:19, Luke 9:7
- Bible Mark 6:14–29
- Twelftree 1999, p. 79.
- Bible Mark 12:29–30
- Bible Deut 6:4
- Bible Mark 13:3
- Bible Mark 14:51–52
- Bible cf. Matthew 26:57, Luke 3:2, Acts 4:6, John 18:13
- Bible cf. Mark 14:56, Mark 14:59
- Bible Mark 14:72
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- Bible Mark 15:44–45
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- Bible cf. Mark 16:5, Luke 24:4, John 20:12
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- Roskam, H.N. (2004). The purpose of the Gospel of Mark in its historical and social context. Brill. ISBN 978-90-474-1394-3.
- Sanders, E (1995). The Historical Figure of Jesus. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780141928227.
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- Smith, Stephen H. (1995). "A Divine Tragedy: Some Observations on the Dramatic Structure of Mark's Gospel". Novum Testamentum. E.J. Brill, Leiden. 37 (3): 209–31. JSTOR 1561221.
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- Ehrman, Bart D. (2009). Jesus Interrupted. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-06-117394-3.
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Online translations of the Gospel of Mark
- Bible Gateway 35 languages/50 versions at GospelCom.net
- Unbound Bible 100+ languages/versions at Biola University
- Online Bible at gospelhall.org
- Early Christian Writings: Mark in numerous English translations, on-line scholarly resources
- Mark on Wikisource (King James version)
- Bible: Mark public domain audiobook at LibriVox Various versions
- Hist. Eccl. 3.39
- Mark's Gospel in 40 short studies
- A Brief Introduction to Mark
- Resources for the Book of Mark at The Text This Week
- An Online Textual Commentary on the Greek Gospels by Wieland Willker, including detailed text-critical discussion of the 300 most important variants of the Greek text (PDF, 411 pages) and the variant endings (PDF, 17 pages).
- Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Gospel of Mark, Author Dr. Mary Healy