Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is the second of the four canonical gospels and one of the three synoptic Gospels. It tells of the ministry of Jesus from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death, burial, and the discovery of his empty tomb. It portrays Jesus as a teacher, an exorcist, a healer, and a miracle worker, though it does not expound upon the miraculous birth or divine pre-existence. He refers to himself as the Son of Man. He is called the Son of God but keeps his messianic nature secret; even his disciples fail to understand him. All this is in keeping with Christian interpretation of prophecy, which is believed to foretell the fate of the messiah as suffering servant.Early church tradition teaches that the gospel of Mark was written in Rome by Mark, a follower and interpreter of Peter. Most scholars, on the other hand, believe that Mark was written anonymously for a gentile audience, probably in Rome, sometime shortly before or after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.The gospel has been variously dated between 35 and 74 AD, with the majority of scholars placing it between 66 and 74 AD—shortly before or after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.

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