Mark's Gospel is the second book of the New Testament and is often called the Gospel of Mark or the book of Mark.
Mark was a Jew from Jerusalem. His full name was John Mark. His mother's name was Mary and her house served as a meeting place for the first Christians (Acts 12:12). Mark was a cousin to Barnabas (Col 4:10) who he accompanied with Barnabas and Paul on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:5). Mark later went to Cypress with Barnabas, and later joined Paul again.
Through 1 Peter 5:13 it is suggested Mark and Peter were in Rome. Rome was referred to as "Babylon" by the early Christians. Peter calls Mark "my son", which shows the kind of relationship between Peter and Mark, and further suggests that the Gospel of Mark had its origin in Rome. If the account of Papias (bishop of Hierapolis, AD 140) and other early traditions are accepted, then the Gospel of Mark is based on Peter's words, and written shortly after Peter's death in about AD 64-65.
Mark's book is fast-paced, starting with the beginning of the ministry of Jesus and ending with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Mark depicts Jesus as a Servant of God who came to do God's will. The miracles and healings and power show that Jesus was no ordinary servant, but was truly the Son of God (15:39).
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