As we explore the gospel of Mark, we’ll learn more about the promised Messiah. We’ll discover who Jesus is, what he came to accomplish, and how his kingship that emphasized humility, suffering, and sacrifice confounded expectations.
The Gospel Coalition: Mark Commentary
For the first few centuries of the church, Mark’s Gospel was treated as the least important of the Four. This is perhaps not surprising, since it is the shortest and since about ninety percent of its content can be found in either Matthew or Luke. Mark’s Gospel is also in various ways the most difficult of the Gospels.
The Gospel Coalition Study: Introduction to Mark
This introductory course is designed to provide key insights into the book of Mark by pulling together a number of key resources: overview videos from The Bible Project, helpful contextual information from The ESV Study Bible, commentary recommendations from The Gospel Coalition, a single sermon that sums up the book from beginning to end by Mark Dever, and much more. By watching, listening to, and reading these resources, you’ll be better prepared to read, study, teach, or preach the book of Mark.
The Bible Project: Mark: The Gospel of the Servant-Messiah
Among the four Gospels, Mark’s was the most neglected by the early church. Indeed, no commentary was written on it until the sixth century! Various factors may account for this. It is by far the shortest of the four Gospels. Ninety-percent of its stories are found in either Matthew or Luke. The early church father, Augustine, considered Mark to be a mere abbreviation of Matthew and Luke. Mark’s Gospel also has a somewhat rougher, less literary style than its peers. It is not nearly as elegant as Luke, for example, nor as thematically structured as Matthew. Mark also has a greater number of “problem passages,” difficult statements and actions by Jesus that Matthew and Luke tend to smooth out.