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Mark was born sometime in the
first century A.D. and is said to have died in Alexandria, Egypt. Information
about his life is fragmentary. He went along with his brother Barnabas and
Paul on their first mission to Antioch (Antakaya, Turkey). Barnabas and Mark
left the mission early for unknown reasons and went to Cyprus. Mark was later
active in the missionary work of both Peter and Paul in Rome. By tradition,
Mark is the author of the second of the synoptic Gospels. His is the oldest
of the four Gospels and was used extensively by both Matthew and Luke in their
work. The Gospel of Mark is traditionally said to have been based on the teachings
of Peter, Mark's close companion and mentor. It is a chronological version
of the life of Christ notable in part for the large number of parables it contains.
The work reveals gradually the full nature of Jesus, his role on earth and
in heaven, and the significance of the New Covenant. The Egyptian church traces
its founding back to Mark and has been called Cathedra Marci since the fourth
Works by the Author
Ballou, Robert A., Friedrich Spiegelberg, and Horace L. Friess, eds. The
Bible of The World. New York: The Viking Press, 1939.
The Dartmouth Bible. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950.
Bates, Ernest Sutherland, ed. The Bible. New York: Simon and Schuster,
The Holy Bible. New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1914.
The biographical material about the author originally appeared on The
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