Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mark 1:1-20

We began the study discussing the gospel of Mark as a whole. This is the first gospel written, and its writer was particularly linked to the apostle Peter, whose own memories of Christ are most likely very prominent in this gospel. The gospel moves at an incredibly fast pace, and compared to other gospels, Mark is relatively more concerned with events than with the teaching of Christ. The gospel is short on words, and big on action - in a way, also much like what we know of the character of Peter.

This part of Mark contains the introduction, the ministry of John the Baptist, the baptism of Christ, the temptation, and the calling of the first disciples.