Christian Persecution

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Nero was the fifth and final Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. His full name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, but when he was adopted by his great uncle Claudius and became his heir to be the next Roman Emperor hi name changed to Nero Claudius Ceasar Augustus Germanicus. He succeeded to the throne on 13 October, 54, after Claudius’s death. “During his rule from 54 to 68 Nero focused much of his attention on diplomacy, trade, and increasing cultural-capital of the empire.” His rule as Emperor was often associated with tyranny and extravagance. He was obsessed with retaining his title as Emperor, and would not hesitate to execute or ruthlessly kill anyone who he saw as a threat or opposition against him. He stamped out all…show more content…
I think that it was probably a working progress and that Mark recorded lots of Peter’s stories and other early Christian’s stories about Jesus in Aramaic over his years in Rome, and then translated them into Greek and compiled them all together into Marks Gospel. I think this is why there is some dispute over when the Gospel was written, Because it probably took Mark a few years to complete it. The style of Marks Gospel is another matter of dispute. We know that Marks Gospel was written in Greek as that was the main language of the Roman Empire, throughout which Christianity was spreading. However the Gospel in Greek does not flow very well and is quite “jerky” as if a child was writing it. This suggests that Greek was not Marks original language and that he was translating his stories into Greek, (for that was the main language throughout the Roman Empire.). This supports the belief that he was John Mark whose home was Jerusalem and whose main language was probably Aramaic. The content of the Gospel seems to have been written to encourage Christians facing persecution especially Mark 13:9-13. Marks Gospel also focuses a lot on the passion of Jesus, (passion in the Greek language translates into suffering). This also suggests that he was encouraging Christians who faced persecution, by showing them of the persecution Jesus faced, and how he
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