By David Watson

Benchley, December 3, 2017

  • Mark 1:1
  • John Mark is widely believed to be the writer.
  • Acts 12:12; 13:5, 13; 15:37-39 – History of Mark in Acts.
  • The writing is especially suited for people like us.
    • Mark 7:2-4 – Mark wrote from Rome for Gentiles. He explained many Jewish customs.
    • Mark also translated Aramaic. (Mark 5:41; 3:17)
    • Mark rarely quotes Old Testament prophets.
    • This is the shortest gospel.
      • Mark leaves out or shortens many things covered in more detail in other gospels.
  • Mark is the gospel of action!
    • Mark records about 20 specific miracles, and about 18 examples of Jesus displaying omniscience.
    • Mark 1:27; 3:11; 12:13-17 – Mark records many cases of people being amazed at Jesus.
    • Mark often uses the word “immediately” (40 times)
    • Mark uses the word “and” 800 times!
    • The original Greek was written in historical present tense. Mark 15:16
    • Mark 9:1-9

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