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SAINT MARK- Guido Reni

English:  Mark
Greek:  Μάρκος
Transliterated:  Markos
Other names:  The Gospel according to Mark



Wrote the book:  The book itself does not mention its author, however tradition identifies that it was written by John Mark (Acts 12:12).
Are the key people:  Yeshua, the disciples, Pilate, the scribes, Pharisees, Jewish religious leaders
Is it written to:  Non-Jewish believers in Rome



The birth and preparation of Yeshua, the servant Messiah (Mark 1:1-13)
The teaching and ministry of Yeshua, the servant Messiah (Mark 1:14-13:37)
The execution and resurrection of Yeshua, the servant Messiah (Mark 14:1-16:20)



Was it written:  c 45-60 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 5 BCE - 33 CE
Was it canonized:  c 70-170 CE
(see the Timeline of the First Century)



Was it written:  unknown
Did the events occur:  Bethlehem, Nazareth, Caesarea Philippi, Jericho, Bethany, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Golgotha



Mark was written to inform us that: 
Yeshua the Messiah is the Son of G-d.
Yeshua came as the servant Messiah: Maschiah ben Yosef.
Yeshua performed miracles to validate His claims and authority.
Yeshua commanded His followers to spread the good news of the kingdom.



The "good news" according to Mark emphasizes that Yeshua is the promised Messiah and the Son of G-d.  Written to a non-Jewish audience, Mark's account of the life and work of Messiah is short and to the point focusing on the servant nature of Messiah, His work, and His teaching.  Messiah announces the arrival of the Kingdom of G-d, heals the sick, and releases those in bondage to evil spirits.  The book concludes with Messiah ascending into heaven and sitting at the right hand of G-d.



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