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The author of this text is the apostle Mark. Mark took much of his material from the apostle Peter. Mark wrote his gospel a couple years after Jesus' death, in around A.D. 70. Although Mark was not one of the original disciples

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Peter Pentz Pentz 1 Rev. C.E. McElveen, D. MN Bible Study Methods February 13, 2006 Homework #2 The author of this text is the apostle Mark. Mark took much of his material from the apostle Peter. Mark wrote his gospel a couple years after Jesus' death, in around A.D. 70. Although Mark was not one of the original disciples, his writings are primarily focused on the last three weeks of the life of Jesus. Frequently this gospel does not flow in an exact chronological order, probably because it was not intended to be a biography of the life of Jesus. ...read more.

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It is the shortest of all the gospels, with a simple, straightforward approach which was common among work that was read by Romans of that day. In his work, Mark gives reference to the Old Testament only once, again this would have suited his readership knowing that they had little or no knowledge of the Old Testament. John is one of three disciples- Peter, James, and John, privileged to be with Jesus on several special occasions, such as the transfiguration (9:2). However, the Gospels also present Pentz 2 these privileged three as quick to say the wrong thing. Peter protested when Jesus told the disciples about his upcoming cross. ...read more.

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In response to this, Jesus declares: "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." Another irony is that this unnamed man is casting out demons in Jesus' name -- something that earlier in this chapter, the disciples were unable to do (9:18, 28). (Although the twelve were casting out many demons in 6:13.) The picture these present is that this guy kept on casting out demons while the disciples kept trying to stop him. It wasn't a one-time event. Jesus blamed the apostles, reminding them that this man who performed miracles in His name would not be likely to hurt His cause. ...read more.

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