The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of the Servant

The Son who Came to Serve

Mark the author of the Gospel

- In Scripture

Acts 12:12 & 25

Acts 13:5; 15:37-39

Col. 4:10; Philemon 24

II Tim. 4:11

I Peter 5:13

Mark 14:51-52

  1. Movements

Jerusalem, apostles

Antioch, gentile outreach

Two eastern Mediterranean mission trips

Paul and Peter in Rome

  1. Date

Peter’s death about 67AD

Just before or after

As early as 64AD

As late as 68AD

Before the fall of Jerusalem

  1. Occasion of writing

Peter’s preaching about to be lost

       II Pet. 1:15 - Catechetical

Needed for a clear event driven account

Shows Jesus as the saving event

Evangelistic tool

  1. Target audience

Non-Jewish readers/Romans

  No genealogy - birth story

  Latinisms – 12:42

  Rufus - Romans 16:13

  Autopsy 15:44 – 45

  Explanations of customs 7:2-4

  Little Jewish coloring

Outline of Mark

  1. Action

Jesus is seen as:

                        - rigorous – persistent – strenuous - relentless

Eighteen miracles

                        Two found only in Mark

                                - 7:31-37

– Deaf man in Decapolis region

                                - 8:22-26

– Blind man in Bethsaida

  1. Teaching is mentioned without content 1:21,39

Only two sermons recorded

                                - Parables of the Kingdom (Chapter 4)

                                - Olivet Discourse (Chapter 13)

- The Servant is evident in His work

Dignity of Jesus

No halo on disciples

                                Ignorance of the disciples - 8:16-17; 9:9-10

  1. Vividness

Events have more detail

Language rougher

More conjunction

Jesus’ reactions – 3:5; 10:14, 21

  1. Characteristics

No chronological movement

Geographical Ordering

                        1 – 4 Galilee

                        5 – 9 Out of Galilee

                        10 – 11 Judea

                        12 – 16 Jerusalem

Son of God 1:1

                        Action with confession - 1:11; 3:11; 5:7; 9:7; 15:39

Compare 1:1 with 15:39

“Amazed” = 11 times

Self-described messiah 14 times

“Immediately” = 40 times

“And”… = 1300 times

A regular use of the Historic Present – 2:5, 17

The Presentation of the Lord’s Servant - 1:1-13

His Forerunner, JTB – 1:1-8

His Baptism – 1:9-11

His Temptation – 1:12-13

The Manifestation of the Lord’s Servant - 1:14-3:6

His Preaching in Galilee – 1:4-22

His Healing in Galilee – 1:23-45

His Conflicts with Scribes – 2:1-3:6

The Opposition to the Lord’s Servant - 3:7-8:13

Increasing Popularity – 3:7-20

Increasing Opposition – 3:21-35

Teaching: Because of Opposition – 4:1-33

Works of the Servant – 4:35-8:13

The Instructions to the Disciples - 8:14-10:52

Instructions in Galilee – 8:14-9:50

Instructions on the way to Jerusalem – 10:1-52

The Rejection of the Lord’s Servant - 8:14-10:52

Triumphal Entry – 11:1-26

Disputes with Leaders – 11:27-12:44

Prophetic Teaching – 13:1-37

Preparatory Events – 14:1-11

Passover Meal – 14:12-25

Gethsemane – 14:26-52

Trials        – 14:53-15:20

Crucifixion – 15:21-41

Burial         – 15:42-47

The Resurrection of the Lord’s Servant - 16:1-20

Short – Abrupt Ending – 16:1-8

Secondary Ending – 16:1-8 & tag

Long Ending – 16:9-20

Mark 16:1-8 or Mark 16:9-20?

Not found in the two oldest Greek manuscripts

Different in style        

Textual issue not Inspiration Issue

Nothing in vs.9-20 that we do not find
  in other sections of the New Testament.

Mark 10:42-45