Beginnings of Jesus's Ministry

In Mark 1, Jesus took up the mantle of John's ministry, gathered his disciples and made his way to the people, teaching and healing them. The video for Mark 1 gives an overview to the sweeping scope of the developments. It covers the Sundays from January to mid-February 2021.

Year B: The Gospel of Mark

Date of Authorship

Structure of Mark

Commentary on Mark

Mark was the first written gospel we possess. His hurried narrative should not fool us into a sense of shallowness. He might not have written in the most elegant Greek found in the New Testament. But he composed a tightly organized structure that conveyed his belief in "Jesus Christ, the Son of God."

Context

Son of Man, Son of God

The preamble to Mark's gospel referred to Jesus as the "Son of God." Yet, in the writing, Jesus called himself the "Son of Man." What is the significance of each title? What do they mean? What is the relationship between them?

The Essenes

In the region of the lower Jordan, two religious movements coexisted: the followers of the Baptist and the desert community known as the Essenes. Most of what we know about the latter group came from the Dead Sea scrolls. Discovered between 60-70 years ago, the scrolls have revolutionized popular view of the first century CE.