The Gospel according to Mark
What is the book about?
“The gospel according to Mark” can also be referred to as ”The Good News according to Mark” because a “gospel” is a unique biographical genre that annunciates Jesus Christ as the Messiah and son of God. There are only three others - Matthew, Luke and John - and because they are largely overlapping in nature and content, they are also referred to as “synoptic gospels.”
Written around 70, Mark’s is the oldest of the gospels, and it was used by the other gospel writers when they wrote theirs. It is also the most action-packed gospel, mostly because it is the shortest. It has nothing on Jesus’ birth and early childhood. It starts with his baptism and ends abruptly with his empty tomb. An alternative ending was added later. The original readers were not only Jesus’ Jewish followers, but also most likely a gentile, Roman audience.
Mark’s theme is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Period.
Why do I think it's worth reading?
This is the most original biographical source on the life and work of Jesus. Who was this Jesus? What happened to him in those three short years before his death? What was he about - and why should that matter to us in 2019?
Why read the opinions and interpretations of others if you can read it for yourself?
What do you think?
Share your thoughts here on the blog once you start reading!
Pictured: Mark’s portrait from the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated manuscript gospel book probably produced around the years 715-720 in the monastery at Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland, in the United Kingdom.