The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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11. The Gospel according to Mark

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Evaluate Papias’s understanding of the authorship of Mark and its connection to Peter.
  2. What did Dodd say about the kerygma in the early church and what bearing might it have on the Gospel of Mark?
  3. Outline the way in which Mark writes about the kingdom of God in his Gospel. Do any patterns arise?
  4. Using the chapter as a guide, describe Mark’s christology.
  5. Discuss the ending of Mark (16:8). Specifically, why might Mark have chosen to end his Gospel there?