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Mark's Jesus

Harried, Hurried, Human

Mark's Authorship

Not one of 12 Apostles, Was a common name, mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, Companion of Peter, Peter's Jesus

John Mark

Who was Mark's Author commonly named?

Gentile Christians new in their fatih

Mark's Audience?

70 C.E.

When was Mark written?


Where was Mark written?

Mark's Portrait of Jesus

Earthy, easy to relate to , comfortable to be around, constantly hemmed in crowds (42 times), strong emotions, human not only divine, a man on the go

Mark's Theme

Heavy sense of suffering, community undergoing difficulty and persecution, Jesus has much to show us,Nero blamed the Christians for Rome burning, Jewish revolt in Jerusalem, No birth story


How many chapters in Mark?


What Gospel is the shortest and first written?

Luke's Jesus

Compassionate Savior, Forgiving Jesus

Luke's Author

Not one of the 12 Apostles, Probably the only Gentile, 1st of 2 parts (Acts is considered to be the companion), thought to be a well educated physician.

Luke's Audience

Gentiles -- already Christians
Orderly account - "that you may know the truth about the things in which you have been instructed"

85 C.E.

When was Mark written?

Greece or Antioch, Syria

Where was Mark written?

Luke's Jesus

Compassionate, Merciful, Friend and Advocate of the outcasts (poor, handicapped, sinners, women, Samaritans), Deeply loves all men and women

Luke's Theme

Gospel of Women, Gospel of the Holy Spirit, Gospel of the Universal Salvation, Gospel of Mercy and Forgiveness, Includes a birth story


How many chapters in Luke?

Matthew's Jesus

Messiah of the Jews, The teaching Jesus

Matthew's Author

Traditionally considered to be the apostle Matthew, Contains some of Mark and Luke, Therefore doubtful an eyewitness wrote

Matthew's Audience

Primarily Jewish, Many references to Old Testament, Attempts to show Jesus is promised Messiah

90 C.E.

When was Matthew written?

Antioch, Syria

Where was Matthew written?

Antioch, Syria

Where were followers first called Christians?

Matthew's Portrait

New Moses, Rabbi/teacher, Stresses Jesus' connection to Old Testament, Jesus' life fulfilled what God promised


What is the longest Gospel?


How many chapters in Matthew?

Matthew's themes

Jesus has much to "tell us", Assembles Jesus' teachings in 5 speeches or discourses, Gospel of the Church (used to teach - first catechism)


What gospel traces Jesus'family tree back to Abraham?


Which Gospel contains an infancy narrative/birth story, Joseph is important?

John's Jesus

Divine Son of God, Majestic Jesus

John's Author

Traditionally the apostle John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" Now believed to be written by members of the "school" of the beloved disciple

John's Audience

Mixed - Jews and some Gentiles

95 C.E.

When was John written?


What was the last Gospel written?

Epheseus or Galilee

Where was John written?

John's Portrait

one enters a whole, new world, Jesus, divine son - totally in control- even at his death, Most theological/reflective of the four

John's Themes

Opening verse inspires awe, See Jesus as divine, coexistent with the Father, Acknowledges Jesus' humanity but stresses his divinity, No birth story


How many chapters in John's Gospel?


"to see together"

Matthew, Mark, Luke

Name the synoptic Gospels


The Gospel different from the other three

synoptic gospels

Have a certain commonality, clearly seen when side by side, the reader enters a whole new world

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