Dating of the gospel of mark

Although written anonymously, the author of the Gospel of Mark is believed, per Christian tradition, to be Mark, the interpreter of Peter the Apostle.

However, this tradition should be taken with a grain of salt, for Papias, the originator of this tradition, was, by far, no scholar.

Mark is the second book of the New Testament of the Bible.

It is preceded by Gospel of Matthew and followed by Luke.

Instead, the reader is brought immediately into Jesus' theology and preachings as Jesus is being baptized by John.

Mark is far less focused on Jesus' days of teaching than he is on the Passion which takes up the majority of the works of Mark.

But with these dot points we can say we are looking at the trunk of the tree.

Dating Paul The grounds stated for dating Paul to the 50’s seems reasonable enough.

Dating Mark Again with Mark’s gospel, Ehrman offers logical reasons, underlying evidence, for dating Mark after Paul, and some time from 70 c.e. He does not delineate the reasons here for believing Mark was written before the other gospels, and that is fine.

The only problem is that there is no external attestation for Paul’s letters till the second century. It is unknown until Irenaeus cites it in the latter half of the second century. How certain can we be about a date that relies solely on the self-witness of the documents themselves?

Especially when we know that at the time Paul’s letters do appear they are simultaneously embroiled in controversies over forgeries and interpolations.

We will consider the internal and external evidences, as well as the date of the composition, and the area where Mark was located.

Proposed Author by Tradition: John Mark, who transcribed the teachings of Simon Peter, is traditionally held to be the author of the Second Gospel.

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