Barclay calls Mark the closest thing we have to a biography of Jesus’ life (p. Jesus is constantly presented as one who speaks and acts meaningfully in the context of crisis.
This “present” aspect of the gospel (tenses, “immediately”, and miracles 2.
This is portrayed through many of the portraits of Jesus and the Twelve c.
Jesus as Messiah is being portrayed as caring for his children--the disciples d.
In view of the historical identification of Matthew, a possible plurality of sources used by all of the synoptic writers, and the Jewish need for Matthew, it is possible that Matthew preceded the Gospel of Mark. There is a dominate movement of Jesus toward the cross.
On the second missionary journey Barnabas wanted to take John-Mark along, but Paul refused because of his earlier defection, so Barnabas took Mark to Cyprus where he probably encouraged him (Acts -41) f.
Paul was later reconciled with Mark: 1) Mark was with Paul during his imprisonment in Rome and served as his delegate in Asia Minor (Philemon 24; Col. The church fathers (see above under “Author”) affirm that Mark’s Gospel was written in Rome for Gentile, Roman Christians B.
One popular view today is that this shift happens after the fourth chapter.
A historical partial-preterist view says that the letter shifts its topic and audience after the 20th chapter.