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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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 mistakes. This means the Gospels may contain some
This gives the Gospels great authority for mistakes because humans are not free from
Christians! error.
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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 good news ­ some of
2. 12 Disciples: Mark would have known the the stories about Jesus would have been
other disciples, who may have told him written down for their use.…read more

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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. Disciples: Their experience of Jesus would remember events accurately.
have been so life changing that they would have 3. Collection of teaching: the stories may have
remembered it accurately.…read more

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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 THE GREAT
STABILITY THE ECONOMY FIRE
8. THE CALMING OF THE STORM: MARK 4.35-41
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side.…read more

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LIBERALS:____________________________________________________________
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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 primary sources of Mark's Gospel.
KNOW the secondary sources of Mark's Gospel.
UNDERSTAND why primary sources are more
reliable than secondary sources.
EVALUATE the reliability of the sources.…read more

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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 have helped 1st century Christians face
up to persecution (3)
"Mark got some of his information from Peter". Why might Christians think that this is
important? (3)
"Mark's gospel is still significant to Christians today".…read more

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