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GOSPEL OF MARK:

• 2nd Book
• by JOHN MARK (full name) – associate of simon peter
• was probably written in Italy, and perhaps even Rome.
• 16 chapters
• the shortest book of the four gospels
• the details of the events and miracles of Jesus in this book are consistent with the other three gospels
• organized into seven sections that describe the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
 The first chapter begins with a quotation from Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, and John the Baptist, who
prophesied the coming of the Messiah. This chapter also details the baptism and the temptation of Jesus.
 the second section of the book describes when Jesus calls Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to follow Him for
ministry along with the other ten disciples (Mark 1:14-20). Jesus starts performing miracles during this section of the
book (See Mark 1:21) known as His Galilean Ministry through verse 6:29
 Section three depicts the withdrawal from Galilee by Jesus and His disciples and the miracle of feeding five
thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:37-44). This chapter also describes the miracle of Jesus
walking on water (Mark 6:49), Peter's confession that Jesus is the Messiah (Mark 8:29), and the transfiguration (Mark 9:2-
5). In the last portion of this section Jesus predicts His death and resurrection (Mark 9:32).
 Section four, beginning with verse 9:33, covers the period when Jesus goes to Capernaum and preaches to His
disciples about who is the greatest (Mark 9:36) and other subjects
 Jesus then goes to Judea in section five, starting in Chapter 10. There, He teaches on many subjects, performs the
miracle of restoring sight to a blind man that shows faith (Mark 10:52) and again predicts His death and resurrection to
His disciples (Mark 10:33, 34).
 Chapters 11 through 15 start with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a colt (Mark 11:1-11:11). In
Jerusalem, Jesus teaches many lessons through answering questions, telling parables and gives warnings to people. The
Lord's Supper is recounted in verses 14:17-26. Jesus is then arrested, tried and crucified on the cross.
 The last section of Mark details the account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb.
• Mark shows that Jesus taught with authority, as affirmed by the miracles He performed. Jesus' life of service was
completed when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.
• Mark recorded emotions and gestures.
• Mark has a modern, factual reporting style. He writes in the present tense, and often uses the word "immediately."
• Both Luke and Matthew use much of Mark's text
• he proclaims that Jesus is the "Christ, the Son of God" (Mark 1:1).
• Mark displays both Jesus' divinity and his humanity.
• Mark stresses Jesus as "Teacher" and as the "Servant of God".
• Mark 15:34 - And at the ninth hour, Jesus shouted in a loud voice, "Eloi Eloi lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My
God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
The seven sayings form part of a Christian meditation that is often used during Lent, Holy Week and Good Friday. The traditional
order of the sayings is. (Final Words Of Jesus In The Cross)

1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).
2. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27).
4. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?, (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
5. I thirst (John 19:28).
6. It is finished (John 19:30).
7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46).

• According to Matthew:
o Eli Eli lama sabachthani
• According to Mark:
o Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani
• According to Luke:
o Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (in response to a mocking crowd)
o Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (in response to one of the two thieves crucified next to him)
o Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (last words)
• According to John:
o Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (directed at Mary, the mother of Jesus, either as a self reference, or as a
reference to the beloved disciple and an instruction to the disciple himself)
o I thirst (just before a wetted sponge, mentioned by all the Canonical Gospels, is offered)
o It is finished (last words)