TOPIC 1: BACKGROUND TO MARK’S GOSPEL

CHECKLIST:

1.    What is a Gospel?

2.  Authorship, date and location

3.  From Jerusalem to Rome

4.  Sources of Mark’s Gospel

5.  Reasons for writing the Gospel

6.  Themes in Mark’s Gospel

7.  Persecution of 1st century Christians

8.  The calming of the storm

9.  Mark’s Gospel as good news for Christians today

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TOPIC 1: BACKGROUND TO MARK'S GOSPEL


CHECKLIST:
1. What is a Gospel?
2. Authorship, date and location
3. From Jerusalem to Rome
4. Sources of Mark's Gospel
5. Reasons for writing the Gospel
6. Themes in Mark's Gospel
7. Persecution of 1st century Christians
8. The calming of the storm…

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SO HOW DO CHRISTIANS INTERPRET
THE GOSPELS?
LITERAL LIBERAL
Literal Christians believe the Gospels are Liberal Christians believe the Gospels were
the direct word of God. written in the authors' own words but they
This means the Gospels contain NO errors were guided by God.
because God does not make…

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KEY TERMS:
SOURCE: ______________________________________________________________
PRIMARY SOURCE: ______________________________________________________
SECONDARY SOURCE: ___________________________________________________

PRIMARY SECONDARY
1. Peter: If Mark got information from Peter 1. Collections of teaching: certain people in
himself, it would explain why there are so early Christian communities were teachers
many specific details in the Gospel. and preachers of the…

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1. Paul and Barnabas: In those days, people 1. Paul and Barnabas: When passing on
were used to remembering and passing on information by word of mouth, there is a
information verbally so their testimonies were possibility of exaggeration and change.
probably accurate. 2. Other Eyewitnesses: they may not
2.…

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7. THE PERSECUTION OF 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS

KEY TERMS:
PERSECUTION: _________________________________________________________
NERO: ________________________________________________________________

At the time Mark wrote his Gospel, the Roman Emperor Nero was persecuting Christians. There
were a number of reasons for why Christians were so unpopular in the 1st century:

ANTISOCIAL IMMORAL THREAT TO THREAT TO CONVERTS…

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2. LIBERALS:____________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________


SELF ASSESSMENT FOR REVISION
SKILL Excellent Good Average Poor

KNOW what the term Gospel means.

UNDERSTAND how the Gospel is good news.

KNOW traditional views about the authorship, date
and location of the gospel.
UNDERSTAND how and why Christianity spread
from Jerusalem to Rome.
KNOW the…

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PRACTICE GCSE QUESTIONS

AO1: KNOWLEDGE

What does the word "Gospel" mean? (2)

Give two reasons for why Mark wrote a gospel. (2)

Give two sources of information that Mark might have used when writing his gospel. (2)


AO2: UNDERSTANDING

Explain how the story of the calming of the storm might…

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