Mark the Man

Mark the Man (Mahrk)

1 John Mark, the son of a woman (Mary) in whose house in Jerusalem Christians from the earliest period met for prayer; Peter went there, apparently as a matter of course, on his miraculous release from prison (Acts 12:12). This same Mark accompanied Saul (Paul) and Barnabas on a journey from Antioch to Jerusalem with famine relief aid (Acts 12:25), but his untimely abandonment of a later missionary journey on which he accompanied Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13:5; Acts 13:13) precipitated a dispute when Barnabas proposed taking Mark on another such journey. Paul’s opposition to that course of action led to independent missionary journeys undertaken by Barnabas with Mark, and Paul with Silas (Acts 15:36-40). 2 A person mentioned by Paul as one of five Christians who sent greetings to Philemon and some other recipients of that Letter (Phlm 1:1-25). If this is the same Mark as 1, it indicates a later reconciliation with Paul. The same five Christians are also among the group that sends greetings to Christians in Colossae (Col 4:10), where Mark is identified as the “cousin of Barnabas.” 3 A person identified as being with Paul in (2Tim 4:11). 4A person called “my son” in a letter whose author is identified as the apostle Peter (1Pet 5:13). 5 The author of the Gospel of Mark, who was assumed by Christian tradition to be the same person referred to in all the NT references, 1–4, above.

Acts 12:12

12As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying.

Acts 12:25

25Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Acts 13:5

5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also to assist them.

Acts 13:13

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia
13Then Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and returne ... View more

Acts 15:36-40

Paul and Barnabas Separate
36After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of t ... View more

Phlm 1:1-25

Salutation
1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker,2to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow ... View more

Col 4:10

10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him ... View more

2Tim 4:11

11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.

1Pet 5:13

13Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.

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