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

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Acts 12:25

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Acts 13:5

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Acts 13:13

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Acts 15:36-40

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Phlm 1:1-25

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Col 4:10

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2Tim 4:11

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1Pet 5:13

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