Thomas Bergen (Menno Simons Centre Residence Coordinator) continued his series on the Book of Mark, answering preliminary questions about its audience, authorship, and genre. The anticipated readers seem to be Romans, circa A.D. 65, when Nero began persecuting Christians. Church tradition attributes this gospel to John Mark of Jerusalem, believed to be the interpreter/scribe of the Apostle Peter’s memoir. Like a mystery novel, the central question of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah drives the dramatic tension of what reads like an ancient historical biography. The most important question that we can answer is Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” [KH]
NOTE: at the 17:20 point in the sermon, the 5-minute video The Gospel According to Mark was shown.