The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


11. The Gospel according to Mark

Questions for Review

  1. According to tradition, what role did Peter play with regard to the Gospel of Mark?
  2. Who wrote Mark? When was it written?
  3. To whom was Mark likely written? What is Mark’s purpose?
  4. Why is the Gospel of Mark especially significant for the study of the Synoptic Gospels?
  5. Discuss the role that promise and fulfillment play in the Gospel of Mark.
  6. What is “the secret of the kingdom of God” as seen in Mark 4:11?
  7. Why is it appropriate to describe Mark 8:31 as representing “a very strange turn”?
  8. What is the OT background for the title “Son of Man”?
  9. How does Mark present “faith” and “believing” in his Gospel?
  10. What is meant by the phrase “messianic secret”?