Though crude and terse, the Gospel of Mark is vivid and concrete. A dramatic sense of urgency is present, and Mark has a developed sense of irony that permeates the Gospel.
The Gospel According to Mark has no story of Jesus’s birth.
Jesus explains that John the Baptist served as his Elijah, predicting his arrival. He announces that young children, in their innocence, are models for righteous behavior, and that the rich will have great difficulty entering the kingdom of God.Indeed, Mark is the New Testament historian who comes closest to witnessing the actual life of Jesus.Though Mark’s Gospel certainly comes to us through his own personal lens, scholars are fairly confident that Mark is a reliable source of information for understanding Jesus’s life, ministry, and crucifixion.His disciples, however, seem not to understand the magnitude of his miracle: when he walks on water, they are shocked.The Pharisees, who are upset at Jesus’s abandonment of the traditional Jewish laws, question Jesus.
When the apostles rejoin Jesus, they are once again swarmed with people eager to hear Jesus’s message.