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This introductory chapter of the book The Purpose of the Gospel of Mark in its Historical and Social Context investigates the issues of the origin and purpose of Mark's Gospel. It argues that the circumstances in which the Markan evangelist and his readers were living are indeed likely to have been marked by hostility, and even persecution. The book looks into the nature of the persecution of the Markan Christians, and suggests a possible reason why they may have been persecuted. It establishes what message the evangelist tries to convey to his readers. The book argues that the main message of Mark's Gospel is meant to address the situation of persecution in which Mark's readers are living. It ascertains the evangelist's authorial aim, and, as far as possible, clarifies why he chooses the Gospel's literary form for attaining his goal.

Keywords: Gospel's literary; hostility; Markan Christians; Markan evangelist; persecution



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