Essay On The Gospel Of Mark

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The Gospel of Mark was the first Gospel that was written and it can be found in the New Testament. The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) provide details on the life, teachings, and ministries of Jesus (Lutheran Study Bible, 1599).The word gospel means good news and the four Gospels are telling the good news of Jesus. Matthew, Mark and Luke have very similar views or perspectives on the life of Jesus and are called synoptic gospels. In this paper, the focus will solely be on the Gospel of Mark. The study to follow will examine the historical, religious, and literary contexts in order to discover the original meaning of the biblical text above, Mark 6:30-44.
The gospel of Mark was written after the disciple, Peter’s death, in approximately 65-67 C.E. This gospel is considered to be the earliest and shortest of the gospels that was written,
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Many scholars believe that the gospel of Mark was written by Peter’s companion, Mark, but “the author remains unidentified in the Gospel itself” (Achtemeier, 653). Some scholars theorize that Mark, Peter’s interpreter, wrote down much of what he remembered from oral sayings and the doings of Jesus, but they were not in order. These scholars also stated, “Mark himself had no firsthand knowledge of the sayings and deeds of the Lord” (Bromiley, 252). In the gospel of Mark, Mark provides detailed accounts on Jewish customs and provides translations of Aramaic expression, which shows that Mark was writing for the Gentiles. In Mark 7, Mark states, “All the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly was their hands thus observing the tradition of elders” (Mark 7:3). This passage continues to describe the traditions of Jews, in regard to washing their dishes and their food. In addition, Mark states, “He took her by the hand and said to her ‘Talitha cum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’” (Mark 5:41). This passage uses the Aramaic phrase Talitha cum, which shows that Mark is

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