Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. mark's gospel, christians, nero, suffering, disciples, persecution, faith, rome, sonship, tacitus, darkness

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The puzzle of Mark's Gospel is not how Jesus can be both human and divine, son of Mary, and Son of God. The mystery has to do rather with the cloud brooding over this Jesus as He proceeds to a lonely and forsaken death. Over all His days as over all His words and works, over His power and His weakness, over His speech and His silence, there falls the shadow of the cross. How can such a portrait be "the good news of Jesus Christ" (1:1)? How can this somber and sobering document be called a "gospel"?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 24:1 ff; 1 Peter 5:13; Mark 8:34-38; Mark 10:29-30; Mark 13:8-13; Mark 1:11; Mark 8:31; Mark 9:7; Mark 15:39; Mark 2:16; Mark 2:23-28; Mark 3:1-5; Mark 2:20; Mark 3:22; Mark 3:31-35;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars