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In the 19th century the acceptance of Mark's status as the earliest gospel led to the belief that it must therefore be the most reliable. Uniting these ideas was the common thread of apocalyptic expectation: Both Jews and Christians believed that the end of history was at hand, that God would very soon come to punish their enemies and establish his own rule, and that they were at the centre of his plans. Christians read the Jewish scripture as a figure or type of Jesus Christ, so that the goal of Christian literature became an experience of the living Christ.
There is no agreement on the structure of Mark. France to characterise Mark as a three-act drama. Myers, has made what Edwards calls a "compelling case" for recognising the incidents of Jesus' baptism, transfiguration and crucifixion, at the beginning, middle and end of the gospel, as three key moments, each with common elements, and each portrayed in an apocalyptic light.
Smith has made the point that the structure of Mark is similar to the structure of a Greek tragedy. The earliest and most reliable manuscripts of Mark end at Mark , with the women fleeing in fear from the empty tomb: the majority of recent scholars believe this to be the original ending,  and this is supported by statements from the early Church Fathers Eusebius and Jerome.
Modern scholars have proposed many explanations for the abrupt original ending, though none with universal acceptance. It could indicate a connection to the theme of the " Messianic Secret ". Whatever the case, it is clear that Mark's Jesus looks forward to a post-death meeting in Galilee, and it is likely that at that meeting, like the final meeting in Galilee that Matthew depicts, Mark's Jesus would command the disciples to take his message to the nations.
There is much discussion of this theme among scholars. Some argue that the author of Mark was using the disciples to correct "erroneous" views in his own community concerning the reality of the suffering messiah, others that it is an attack on the Jerusalem branch of the church for resisting the extension of the gospel to the gentiles, or a mirror of the convert's usual experience of the initial enthusiasm followed by growing awareness of the necessity for suffering.
It certainly reflects the strong theme in Mark of Jesus as the "suffering just one" portrayed in so many of the books of the Jewish scriptures, from Jeremiah to Job and the Psalms, but especially in the " Suffering Servant " passages in Isaiah. It also reflects the Jewish scripture theme of God's love being met by infidelity and failure, only to be renewed by God. And in the real-world context in which the gospel was written, the persecutions of the Christians of Rome under Nero [ verification needed ] , the failure of the disciples and Jesus' denial by Peter himself would have been powerful symbols of faith, hope and reconciliation.
Mark contains twenty accounts of miracles and healings, accounting for almost a third of the gospel and half the first ten chapters, more, proportionally, than in any other gospel. There remains continuing debate over how far the "secret" originated with Mark and how far he got it from tradition, and how far, if at all, it represents the self-understanding and practices of the historical Jesus.
Christology means a doctrine or understanding concerning the person or nature of Christ. Most scholars agree that "Son of God" is the most important of these titles in Mark. Mark does not explicitly state what he means by "Son of God", nor when the sonship was conferred.
Mark also calls Jesus "christos" Christ , translating the Hebrew "messiah," anointed person. A third important title, " Son of Man ", has its roots in Ezekiel , the Book of Enoch , a popular Jewish apocalyptic work of the period , and especially in Daniel 7 —14, where the Son of Man is assigned royal roles of dominion, kingship and glory.
Eschatology means the study of the end-times, and the Jews expected the messiah to be an eschatological figure, a deliverer who would appear at the end of the age to usher in an earthly kingdom. The term " Son of God " likewise had a specific Jewish meaning, or range of meanings,  one of the most significant being the earthly king adopted by God as his son at his enthronement, legitimising his rule over Israel. All four gospels tell a story in which Jesus' death and resurrection are the crucial redemptive events.
When return failed, the early Christians revised their understanding. Some acknowledged that the Second Coming had been delayed, but still expected it; others redefined the focus of the promise, the Gospel of John , for example, speaking of "eternal life" as something available in the present; while still others concluded that Jesus would not return at all 2 Peter argues against those who held this view.
Mark's despairing death of Jesus was changed to a more victorious one in subsequent gospels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book of the New Testament.
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