Part One

THE BEGINNING OF THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS THE MESSIAH.

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In this video, Katie introduces us to the Book of Mark. She explains who Mark is, who his intended audience is and what are the main themes we should look for as we read this book.

DIVE

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Have you ever asked yourself why there are four gospels? If Jesus knew we’d want the details of His life later on, why didn’t He just get someone to write everything down as He went? Or, better yet, why didn’t Jesus write it Himself? I mean, what happens if the disciples didn’t say the right thing, or if they wrote it the wrong way?

I ask myself these questions all the time when I read the gospels. How trusting was Jesus to let someone else write His story, the story that will change the world, the story that will live on forever? Jesus trusted humans to write His story and we are so honoured to have these stories still today; stories that we can learn from, that we can adventure through.

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DEEP DIVE

AN IMPULSION OF IMMEDIACY | RYAN KERRISON

German-born theologian Martin Kähler famously described Mark’s gospel as a ‘passion narrative with an extended introduction’*. After further analysis of John-Mark’s literary style, this statement proves true, particularly through the frequent usage of the word ‘eutheos’, variously rendered as ‘immediately’ or ‘straightaway’. As you read this gospel account, you’ll see this word no less than forty times! Along with eutheos, we have another frequently appearing word, the humble Greek word ‘kai’; this word functions as a device for action. This Deep Dive will explore some of the reasons behind the author’s literary techniques and arrangement choices.

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