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Mark

Author – Mark
Time – 4 B.C. to 30 A.D.

Summary – The book of Mark describes in detail Jewish customs and is therefore thought to be aimed at a non–Jewish audience (in particular, Romans). Mark describes in very life–like terms the miracles of Jesus, and great detail is given of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. It is thought that Mark was the first of the four Gospels, probably written between 65 and 70 A.D. It is thought that the book was taken by dictation from the Apostle Peter, because some events contained in the book are unique to Peter.

Key Verse – "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark 10 v 45

Unique Features – Being originally written (as is thought) for Romans, there are very few references to the Old Testament Scriptures contained in this Gospel. Jewish words are explained (Chapter 3 v 17; 5 v 41; 7 v 11, 34; 14 v 36); and also Jewish customs (Chapter 7 v 3 to 4; 14 v 12; 15 v 42). Latin expressions are frequently used such as Legion, Centurion, etc. The Romans admired action, and this Gospel depicts the Lord as a worker.

Sanctification – Chapter 1 v 1 to 13
Passage
Subject

1 v 1 to 8

The witness of John

1 v 9 to 13

The anointing of Jesus


Service – Chapter 1 v 14 to 8 v 30
Passage
Subject

1 v 14 to 3 v 12

First disciples and first work

3 v 13 to 6 v 6

Appointment of Apostles and extension of labour

6 v 7 to 8 v 30

Co–operating in service


Sacrifice – Chapter 9 v 1 to 15 v 30
Passage
Subject

8 v 31 to 10 v 57

Anticipated

11 v 1 to 14 v 42

Approached

14 v 43 to 15 v 47

Accomplished

Service Renewed – Chapter 16 v 1 to 20

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