Digest of the Gospel According to Mark

The following is a very brief digest of the book of Mark. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction for the benefit of personal study.

Jesus – The Servant

Mark writes his account of the life of Christ to focus on Christ’s role as the humble servant.


(1:1-13) The Coming of the Servant

(1:14-13:37) The Ministry of the Servant

(1:14-4:34) The Ministry in Galilee

(4:35-9:50) Withdrawals from Galilee

(10:1-52) Journey to Jerusalem

(11:1-13:37) Ministry in Jerusalem

(14:1-15:47) The Self-Sacrifice of the Servant

(14:1-11) Foes and Friends of the Servant

(14:12-25) Observing the Passover

(14:26-52) Facing Gethsemane

(14:53-15:20) The Trials

(15:20-41) The Crucifixion

(15:42-47) The Burial

(16:1-20) The Resurrection of the Servant


Background Considerations:


  • External evidence strongly supports Mark as the author of this gospel, recording the eyewitness testimony of, primarily, Peter. Internal evidence also indicates Markan authorship.

Date and Setting:

  • Internal and external evidence points to Rome as the place of composition for the Gospel of Mark.
  • The traditional testimony is divided as to the date of composition, but the most probable date is around AD 64-65.

Special Features:

  • Mark is the shortest of the gospels.
  • Mark seems to be written for and focused on gentiles.

Interpretive Issues:

  • Were the last 12 verses of chapter 16 part of Mark’s original gospel?
  • What is the relationship of Mark to Matthew and Luke? Was Mark the first gospel composed (Markan Priority)?

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