The Gospel of Mark

Images of Jesus

Secret Messiah

Suffering Messiah

Son of Man

Son of God

Tone of Mark’s Gospel





Journeys in Mark’s Gospel

Physical travel from location to location

From ignorance to knowledge

From Sin to repentance

From Kingdom of Caesar to Kingdom of God

Themes in Mark’s Gospel

Jesus’ Humanity

Discipleship as Trust, Suffering and the Cross

Jesus’ Power over Nature and Cosmic Forces

Blindness of the Disciples

Jesus’ Teachings: Parables

Sower of Seed


Sleeping Farmer

Mustard Seed

Wicked Tenants in the Vineyard

Jesus’ Teachings: Questions



Who is Greatest?

Paying Roman Taxes

Resurrection of the Dead

The Greatest Commandment

David’s Son

Jesus’ Teachings: Actions (as Symbols)

Calling a Tax Collector as Disciple

Cleansing the Temple

Healing the Blind Men

Central Portion of the Gospel

Bracketed by the Two Healings of Blind Men (Opening of Unseeing Eyes)

Jesus Predicts His Death/Resurrection Three Times

First Section: Images of Endtime/Transcendence of Christ

Second Section: Worldly vs. Otherworldly Status & How to Enter Kingdom

Third Section: Persistence of Worldliness Amongst Disciples

Conflict Stories ????







Guide to the Gospel's Sections
(Numbers refer to chapters & verses.)

1:1 Proclamation of John the Baptist

1:9 Baptism of Jesus

1:12 Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness

1:14 Beginning of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry

1:16 Jesus Calls the First Disciples

1:21 Jesus Cleanses a Man with an Unclean Spirit

1:29 Jesus Heals Many at Simon Peter’s House

1:35 A Preaching Tour in Galilee

1:40 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

2:1 Jesus Heals a Paralytic

2:13 Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew) the Tax Collector to be a Disciple

2:18 Question about Fasting

2:23 Question about the Sabbath

3:1 Jesus Heals the Man with the Withered Hand on the Sabbath

3:7 A Multitude Gathers at the Seaside

3:13 Jesus Appoints the Twelve

3:21 Jesus Accused of Casting out Demons in Satan’s Name

3:31 True Kindred of Jesus ("Who are my mother and my brothers?")

4:1 Parable of the Sower

4:10 Purpose of Parables

4:14 Parable of the Sower Explained

4:21 A Lamp Under a Bushel Basket

4:26 Parable of the Growing Seed

4:30 Parable of the Mustard Seed

4:33 Use of Parables

4:35 Jesus Stills a Storm

5:1 Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac

5:21 Jesus Heals a Hemorrhaging Woman and Restores a Girl to Life

6:1 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

6:7 The Mission of the Twelve

6:14 Who is Jesus, Elijah or John the Baptist come again?

6:17 Arrest and Imprisonment of John the Baptist

6:21 Death of John the Baptist

6:30 Feeding the Five Thousand

6:45 Jesus Walks on the Water

6:53 Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

7:1 Following the Tradition of the Elders

7:9 Commandments of God or Traditions of Men

7:18 What Comes from Outside Cannot Defile a Man

7:24 The Faith of the Syrophoenician Woman

7:31 Jesus Cures a Deaf Man

8:1    Feeding the Four Thousand

8:11    The Demand for a Sign

8:14    Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod

8:22      Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida

8:27     Peter’s Declaration about Jesus Being the Messiah

8:31      Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection for the First Time

9:1     The Imminence of the Endtime

9:2      The Transfiguration of Jesus

9:9      The Coming of Elijah

9:14      Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

9:30      Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection for the Second Time

9:33      Question of Who is the Greatest

9:38      Another Exorcist

9:42       Remove Temptations to Sin

10:1       Teaching about Divorce

10:13 Jesus Blesses the Little Children

10:17 The Rich Young Man Who Would Follow Jesus

10:23 Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection for the Third Time

10:35 The Request of James and John for Places of Honor

10:43 The Greatest is the Servant of Others; the Least of You Will Be the First

10:46 The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus

11:1       Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

11:12 Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

11:15 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

11:20 The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

11:27 Jesus’ Authority is Questioned

12:1       Parable of the Wicked Tenants in the Vineyard

12:13 Question about Paying Roman Taxes

12:18 Question about Resurrection of the Dead

12:28 Question about the Greatest Commandment

12:35 Question about David’s Son

12:38 Jesus Denounces the Scribes

12:41 The Value of the Widow’s Offering

13:1        Destruction of the Temple Foretold

13:9        Persecution Foretold

13:14 The Desolating Sacrilege in the Holy Place

13:24 The Coming of the Son of Man

13:30 Imminence of the Endtime

13:32 Necessity for Watchfulness

14:1       Plot to Kill Jesus

14:3      Anointing of Jesus by the Woman at Bethany

14:10      Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14:12 Preparation for the Passover with the Disciples

14:17 Jesus Predicts the Betrayal

14:22 Institution of the Lord’s Supper

14:26 Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

14:32 Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

14:43 Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

14:53 Jesus Before the Council

14:66 Peter Denies Jesus

15:1        Jesus Before Pilate

15:6       Pilate Hands Jesus over to be Crucified

15:16 Soldiers Mock Jesus

15:21 Crucifixion of Jesus

15:33 Death of Jesus

15:42 Burial of Jesus

16:1        Jesus Appears to the two Marys and to Salome

16:9        Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

16:11 The Disciples do not Believe Mary’s Report of the Resurrection

16:12 Jesus Appears to Two Disciples; Others do not Believe Their Report

16:14 Jesus Appears to the Eleven and Commissions Them

16:19 Jesus Ascends to Heaven