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Mark's Gospel as a Literary Work

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This chapter characterizes Mark's Gospel as a literary work. The author has concluded that the immediate cause for writing the Gospel was the threat of persecution that menaced Mark's readers, and that Mark's depiction of Jesus in his Gospel is a reaction to this situation. These conclusions will now be used to establish Mark's authorial aim, and to clarify why Mark choose to write an account of Jesus' life in order to attain his goal. Subsequently, the chapter reconsiders how, judging from the Gospel's form and purpose, Mark's Gospel should be characterized as a literary work, and how it fits into the literature of the Graeco-Roman world as a whole. Mark's aim in writing his Gospel is to confirm its readers in their faithfulness to the Christian message, so that they will be strong enough to resist the pressure caused by possible persecutions.

Keywords: Christian message; Graeco-Roman world; literary work; Mark's Gospel; persecution

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