Gospel of Mark

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==Date==
 
==Date==
Most modern scholars date this gospel to around 70 AD a time of great peril of the church, when the temple was destroyed in Jerusalem; the city where the community first started off. It was written mainly for a Gentile audience as evidence can be seen for the lack of Jewish customs (7:3-11.) and it’s concentration of Jesus as hero an action man, exorcist, healer and miracle worker.
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Most modern scholars date this gospel to around 70 AD a time of great peril of the church, when the temple was destroyed in Jerusalem; the city where the community first started off. It was written mainly for a Gentile audience as evidence can be seen for the lack of Jewish customs (7:3-11.) and it’s concentration of Jesus as hero an action man, exorcist, healer and miracle worker.<ref>
  
 
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==Manuscripts==
 
==Manuscripts==
 
Early minority manuscripts end the gospel at Mark 16:8, however Majority Manuscripts (Byzantine) has 12 more verses and so therefore ends at verse 20. Early tradition suggests the longer ending to be valid and therefore historical because early Church Fathers such as Ireneaus quote from these verses. There is one manuscript called the Freer Logion manuscript (dated fourth-fifth century) which says “And they reported all the instructions briefly to Peter’s companions. Afterwards Jesus himself, through them, sent forth from east to west the scared and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation amen.” Although this is not considered canonical, it maybe an early Christian tradition of how the author first assembled his companions into preaching. This hints of the authorship of Mark via Peter due to him giving out the commandments of his disciples.
 
Early minority manuscripts end the gospel at Mark 16:8, however Majority Manuscripts (Byzantine) has 12 more verses and so therefore ends at verse 20. Early tradition suggests the longer ending to be valid and therefore historical because early Church Fathers such as Ireneaus quote from these verses. There is one manuscript called the Freer Logion manuscript (dated fourth-fifth century) which says “And they reported all the instructions briefly to Peter’s companions. Afterwards Jesus himself, through them, sent forth from east to west the scared and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation amen.” Although this is not considered canonical, it maybe an early Christian tradition of how the author first assembled his companions into preaching. This hints of the authorship of Mark via Peter due to him giving out the commandments of his disciples.
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==References=
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
Orthodox Study Bible, Wikipedia, New American Bible
 
Orthodox Study Bible, Wikipedia, New American Bible

Revision as of 23:45, August 1, 2011

The Gospel of Mark is the second gospel of the New Testament; considered by most scholars to be the first gospel written. Like the other four gospels; Mark (known as John Mark) was one of the 12 disciples who used Peter as the primary source of his gospel as well as his own personal experiences.

Date

Most modern scholars date this gospel to around 70 AD a time of great peril of the church, when the temple was destroyed in Jerusalem; the city where the community first started off. It was written mainly for a Gentile audience as evidence can be seen for the lack of Jewish customs (7:3-11.) and it’s concentration of Jesus as hero an action man, exorcist, healer and miracle worker.[1]


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