the four faces of the gospel We do not have four gospels. We have only one gospel. That gospel is given in the person of Jesus Christ. In the four gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we are given four different perspectives on Jesus. Mathew, Mark , Luke and John wrote the gospels presenting their view of Jesus for a people who were in particular need. Ez 1:4-11
Every number has a meaning and significance in Hebrew culture and we can see this employed all through the Bible.. is the number for God is the number of the earth is always connected with earth.
There are four points to earth's compass – north, east, south, and west. There are four seasons to earth's year - spring, summer, autumn, and winter There are four elements connected with our world - earth, air, fire, and water.
Definitely, most scholars agree, the most original of the Gospel versions ever written
The Synoptic Problem concerns regarding the literary relationship of the first three Gospel versions
a relationship called “synopsis” Matthew Green ) . Synoptic Gospel Matthew Mark Luke Color Blue Red Green English Example (NRSV 9:17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved. 2:22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins. 5:37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins
no clear & final solutions, only theories & hypotheses
the present arrangement in the New Testament is based on the traditional Augustinian hypothesis plus about 25 more !
According to tradition, the author, Mark is not an apostle himself. Not one of the original disciples, but rather the follower of one of them. Traditionally, he's supposed to be the disciple of Peter
We don't know exactly where this Mark was or where he actually wrote. However, tradition places him at Rome, but one more tradition also has him located at Alexandria.
It may be the case that the story that we call Mark's gospel, which supposedly derived from Peter, is also an example of this passing on of an oral tradition. It owes its history to Mark, whether Mark is the person who actually wrote it down or not.
Why is the Gospel of Mark important, in early Christianity? Mark's is the first of the written gospels. It's really the one that establishes the life of Jesus as a story form. It develops a narrative from his early career, through the main points of his life and culminates in his death. And, as such, it sets the pattern for all the later gospel traditions. So, Mark is really the one that sets the stage for all the later Christian gospel writings.
Audience <ul><li>Post-revolt Jewish Christians </li></ul><ul><li>-a suffering Messiah destined to die on the Cross </li></ul><ul><li>and is almost in a hurry to have it fulfilled </li></ul><ul><li>Gentile converts to the Way, in areas under the </li></ul><ul><li> Roman empire </li></ul><ul><li>- a servant Messiah, not a conquering master </li></ul>
Features It reports nothing concerning Jesus’ birth, his childhood, or his activities prior to the time when he was baptized by John. For Mark, the real significance of Jesus’ career began at the time of Jesus’ baptism and his decision to devote his life to the work of God’s kingdom.
Features Mark particularly emphasizes Jesus’ humanity. Jesus never claims to have any special power that was not available to others. The miracles that he performs are not meant to display any power of his own but rather to show how the power of God could be used in and through human lives.
Features Jesus does not reveal his Messiahship to his disciples until they reach Caesarea Philippi . To Mark, nothing less than blindness and deafness could have caused people to reject Jesus’ mission, which was so obviously in harmony with the divine will..
Features Mark gives a rather full account of Jesus’ teachings and activities during the days preceding Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. He tells about the women’s visit to the tomb and their surprise at finding Jesus risen from the dead. We do not know what else Mark may have said concerning the appearances of Jesus after the resurrection, for the original ending of his gospel has been lost.
in the meantime . . . Go through the Gospel according to Mark and check out where the “ Messianic secret” is revealed. Then answer Jesus’ question: Who do you say that I am?