Background to Mark's Gospel
Authority Love Sacrifice Divine
Theories of Mark's Sources:
- Peter gave him eye witness details
- Oral Tradition from other disciples and followers
- Mark read documents such as 'The Lost Aramaic Source of Q' or 'The Passion Narritives'.
- He had a divine encounter with God
Who was St. Mark?:
- Wrote his gospel in Rome, in 64 AD.
- He was a friend of Peter.
- He knew Paul.
- He could be John Mark.
- He wrote to provide a Christian guide for living and to give hope to the persecuted church in Rome.
- He was well educated and knew Greek.
- Tradition has him as the lone runner in the Garden of Gethsemane at the arrest of Jesus but this seems unlikely.
Readers of Mark's Gospel:
- Jesus 30 AD - Jesus spoke mainly to Jewish audiences with some Gentiles who were all being persecuted by the Romans in Palestine.
- Mark's Rome 64 AD - Mark lived in Rome in 64 AD and belonged to a Christian community. They were being persecuted by the Romans and Emperor Nero and had been wrongly blamed for starting the fire in Rome.
- There are many persecuted Christians today in places like Latin America. They feel empowered by the gospel like Oscar Romero. It is a gospel of hope in the face of terror.
- There are also many Christians, such as those in Europe, who are not persecuted or tortured but are exposed to the pressures of…
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