Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Gospel: The five books that recount that foundation story of Jesus’ announcement of God’s kingdom, his death and resurrection, and the Spirit-empowered movement he launched.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Biography: A narrative about one person or movement, consisting of many short scenes that give a general history of the person as well as the main themes of their life and teaching.
Parable: A short, fictional narrative with symbolic characters designed to challenge the listener in a memorable and/or shocking way.
Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel's messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
One of the earliest official accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark addresses the basic questions of whether Jesus was the true messiah for whom Israel had been waiting. And if so, what kind of Messianic king was he if he suffered and died?
The Gospel of Mark is a carefully crafted story that gives an account of Jesus' life and addresses the question of whether or not He is the Jewish Messiah. In the first half, everyone questions who He is, the middle questions the disciples' belief about Him and the second half tells how He became the Messiah.
Many Jews hoped that the Messiah would overthrow the Romans and rule as king, but as we read this book, we see that He came as a servant to set up the kingdom of God on earth. While He is the Son of God, He also sacrificed His life to save people from slavery to sin.
The book's abrupt ending challenges us to decide if we believe He is the Messiah.
John the Baptist, the messenger sent to prepare Israel for their Messiah and King, baptizes Jesus. God declares that Jesus is His son and the Messiah.
Jesus travels through Galilee introducing Himself to the people, forgiving sins and performing miracles as He shares the Old Testament story of God's rescue mission.
Jesus asks His disciples if they believe He's the Messiah. He explains that He is a servant and will give His life to save many.
Jesus and three disciples ascend a mountain where God affirms Jesus as His son. The disciples are reminded that He will suffer to provide salvation.
The Gospel of Mark is a story and ends abruptly and challenges us as readers to decide if we believe Jesus is the Messiah.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the Gospel of Mark, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.