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The Gospel of Mark

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In this commentary, the Gospel of Mark is presented as a dramatic narrative, which means not simply that the content is dramatic, but that Mark has constructed a Gospel which is in essence a play, divine and cosmic in its implications. Mark functions as a natural dramatist in how he presents material and how he structures the events in Jesus' life. As the first written Gospel, and with the oral tradition more apparent on the surface, Mark is sometimes seen as simplistic and even shapeless, but the Gospel of Mark is formed with great care. Martens argues that the Gospel can be divided into six Acts, each with many scenes. Each Act is at the service of Mark's overall purpose, to explain and unfold not only the identity of the Messiah, but the destiny of the Messiah and his followers. In addition, Mark draws the reader into his narrative, so that the reader becomes one of the disciples following along the journey with Jesus, a point that will become more apparent as read this commentary on the Gospel of Mark.

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