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Gospel of Mark

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Studying the background and theological emphases of the Gospel of Mark helps us to understand the central message of his Gospel. The central point of the Gospel of Mark is the death of Jesus when he was crucified. This event happened because it was a divine necessity in God's plan to redeem humanity. It's likely that the Gospel of Mark is a written record of the apostle Peter's account. 


The Gospels

Part 1

The Gospel of Mark

I. Emphases

A. Central Importance of the Cross

1. Role of Jewish Leadership

2. Divine Cause of the Cross

a. Foretold in the Old Testament

b. Foretold by Jesus

c. Necessity of the Cross

3. Why this emphasis?

B. Call to Discipleship

1. Passion prediction

2. Disciple error

3. Discipleship teaching

C. Teaching Ministry of Jesus

D. Messianic Secret

E. Person of Christ

1. Miracles

2. Implicit Christology

3. Explicit Christology (Titles)

a. Son of God

b. Son of Man

c. Christ

F. Dullness of Disciples

II. Audience of Mark

A. Greek speaking, did not understand Aramaic

B. Not acquainted with Jewish customs

C. Familiar with Latin

D. Roman reckoning of time

E. The Praetorium

III. Authorship of Mark

A. Text is anonymous

B. More concerned with what than who

C. Tradition

D. Why is this important?

IV. Date of Mark

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