23 Facts About Mark 1


Mark 1 is the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

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Some think this might indicate that Mark 1 did not use a complete Jewish Bible but instead used a general collection of quotations from them.

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Mark 1 assumes they refer to John the Baptist or applies them to him.

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Mark 1 describes John's activities, preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins and baptising in the Jordan river.

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Mark 1 says he wore camel hair, a leather belt, and survived on locusts and wild honey.

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Mark 1 has John's function as preparing the way for Jesus, and some argue this baptism is meant to forward the fulfillment of Jesus' plan.

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Mark 1 introduces Jesus without a history or a description, suggesting the intended reader already has heard of him.

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Mark 1's readers are assumed already to know about the two of them.

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Mark 1 sees "heaven being torn open", "and the spirit descending on him like a dove", and hears a voice telling him that he is God's son, whom God loves, and with whom God is well pleased.

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Some have argued that since Mark 1 begins his story here, at the baptism, this could be seen as a form of adoption, as it is God's action which changed Jesus' life, although Mark 1 is probably confirming their preexistent relationship.

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Mark 1 uses the term to describe John being "turned over", which Mark 1 uses to describe Jesus being arrested during his Passion.

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Mark 1 has already highlighted two themes, Jesus' power from and favor of God, contrasted with his confrontation with Satan and John being arrested, showing his power and mission have already encountered the most extreme challenges both from the authorities of this world and supernatural powers.

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Some have argued their status as fishermen is metaphorical, based perhaps on Jeremiah 16:16, but Karris argues that their occupations as fishermen was historical and related by Mark 1 to show the costliness of being a disciple, as they had to leave a presumably thriving business.

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Mark 1 only appears three times in Mark, here, and in Mark 3:18 and Mark 13:3.

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Kilgallen argues that historically this calling was not so sudden, with perhaps a prior meeting, but Mark 1 has shortened it for extra effect to emphasize total devotion to Jesus.

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Jesus and the four go to Capernaum, which Mark 1 has as Jesus's center of activity and Jesus teaches in the synagogue on the sabbath.

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Mark 1 says the people thought Jesus taught with "authority", which the scribes did not.

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Mark 1 uses the term, "to lift up", to describe Jesus' cure of her, followed by, "she served", which some have seen as a theological message about Jesus' power requiring service.

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Mark 1 says "That evening after sunset …, " one of his examples of redundancy as evening and after sunset are really the same thing repeated.

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Mark 1 says the "whole city" came to see Jesus, which is probably an exaggeration.

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Mark 1's disciples find him and tell him that everyone is looking for him.

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Mark 1 says "Let us go somewhere else", to the nearby villages and he will preach to them there.

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Mark 1 says "That is why I have come", using the word e??????, with its ex- prefix focusing on the place from which he has come, which some see as meaning a statement about Jesus' divine mandate or possibly a rejection of Capernaum: there is no general agreement on these points.

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