Fall 2017 Scripture Study
The Gospel According to Mark
Up until the mid 19th century, The Gospel Accordingto Mark was generally ignored by scripture scholars. The shortest of the gospels (660 verses), it was almost completely contained in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. From the time of Augustine Mark’s gospel was generally viewed as an abbreviated form (like a Reader’s Digest form) of Matthew.
In fact, some have speculated that the main reason this gospel was preserved because of the tradition, dating back to the early second century, that Mark had preserved the memories of Peter. For scholars through the centuries the main focus was Matthew.
This changed in the 19th century when scholars came to recognize that Mark was not an abbreviation of Matthew, but in fact Mark was the earliest gospel to take form (68-70AD) and was the source for both Matthew and Luke (both written in the mid 80s). Scholarly interest immediately shifted to Mark as the primary source for information about the historical Jesus and the reconstruction of the ministry of Jesus. No longer ignored, many commentaries and studies appeared on Mark.
Beginning in December, when we begin Advent, the primary gospel we will follow on Sunday through the new liturgical year will be the Gospel According to Mark. In an effort to come to a deeper understanding of the gospel message and Mark’s theology, Fr. Slater will offer a course designed to give an overview of Mark.
The class will be offered on five Wednesday evenings Oct. 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov. 8th, 15th. Class will be held in the rectory basement meeting room from 7:30-9:00. All are invited and no previous scripture study is required. Please call the rectory (352- 7203) to register for the class. This will enable us to prepare the proper number of handouts.