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Why Four Gospels Pt II

Updated on June 8, 2008

Why Four Gospels, Part II

Mark's gospel is next one in the Bible and is one of the synoptic gospels. However, it may have been the first gospel written even though it is the second gospel noted in the Bible. The date of the writing of Mark's gospel, according to the Zondervan Handbook to the Bible, could be from 65-70 a.d. The target audience of this gospel are those with a Roman background or at least familiar with the culture of the city of Rome. Mark's gospel is the shortest of all four of them. His sentences are short and to the point. Today we would refere to him as, "a bottom line person." His gospel's opening has a real punch to it and sets the purpose for his writing. It starts like this, "The beginning of the gospel of about Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (The New American Standard Bible)


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