The Gospel According To Mark Summary

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The Christian Church began because people were willing to testify to what they had seen in the life and ministry of Jesus. The Gospel According to Mark bears witness to the ministry, passion and crucifixion of Christ. Interestingly, Mark is credited with creating the term “gospel,” demonstrating the mission of Jesus to preach the gospel of God. The evidence is extremely strong, based Christian testimony, that Mark is the author of this gospel. It has been assumed that the Mark who wrote this Gospel is the John Mark recorded in the book of Acts, and the speculation could be accurate because there are parts of Mark that read as though he was an eyewitness to the events. It is presumed that Mark intended on writing this Gospel to
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Mark’s style of writing emphasized discipleship; it is a book that focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus and what it means to be a follower of Him and the manner in which that unfolded. He demonstrates specifically in chapters 8-10 that being a disciple of Jesus requires a willingness to lay down one’s life to suffer for others. Mark’s literary style in detailing the discipleship of Christ is in the format of a narrative that is primarily focused on action rather than dialogue.
This exegetical study will focus primarily on Mark 8:27-9.1, which is comprised of two chapters: Peter Confesses Jesus As Christ and Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection. In order to give context to how Mark 8:27-9:1 fits into the book of Mark, the following segment contains a very brief summary of the events that led up to the eighth chapter, which in part incorporates some of the work of Larry Hurtado and C.F.D. Moule: The first chapter of Mark introduces
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His line of questioning progresses as He follows up with the question “But who do you say that I am”, demonstrating particularization in Him wanting to know who His disciples specifically believe He is. This shows that there is an implicit contrast between what He expects from His disciples and what He expects from others. This is continued by a contrast in their responses, the disciples state that others believe He is a prophet, while Peter states that they believe that He is the Christ. It is interesting to note that Mark states that the group of disciples answered the first question, while only Peter answered the second question, demonstrating that in some way he may be set apart from the group of disciples. After this discussion Jesus charges them to tell no one about Him, which is a charge from Jesus that is repeated throughout Mark in various situations, but at this point it seems He has charged them with silence because none of them have a full revelation of who He is. To this point there is a wide variety of speculations about who Jesus is and in this passage it seems that it is Mark’s intent to demonstrate who Jesus is based on the intensity of the line of questioning and the answers given. While

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