The Gospel Of Mark Is A Fast Moving

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The Gospel of Mark is a fast-moving, succinct, and informative gospel thought to be originally written by John Mark, using Simon Peter’s eye-witness accounts. The author seems to place emphasis around the meaningful events and moments in the life of Jesus Christ, such as his suffering, crucifixion, and messianic secret. However, the gospel is primarily centered around Jesus’ teachings, especially honing in on the beginning of Jesus’ Ministry. Jesus as a teacher and the discipleship are key factors to the gospel’s proposed message — Jesus Christ gave his life in service to the world. Therefore, humans are to learn from his message and teachings. In Mark 12:38-44, these themes of discipleship, suffering, and Jesus as a teacher are represented as there is an obvious gap between the affluent scribes’ offering for the treasury and the widow’s gift of “all that she had to live on” (NRSV, Mark 12:44). Jesus takes this opportunity to continue his teaching by summoning his disciples and pointing out the different contributions to the temple treasury, while making a notable commentary on the social and socio-economic situation that the scribes have created — a situation that lead to poverty for the widow. In Mark 12:38-40, Jesus explicitly denounces the scribes as he teaches. He warns the disciples about the scribes, providing insight into the social threat that they (scribes) bring. He says, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with

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