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