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This depiction of Mark, the author of the Gospel bearing his name, comes from an Ethiopian manuscript dated to 390 - 570 AD, making it the oldest surviving Ethiopian manuscript of any kind (Christian and otherwise).  It is housed in the Ethiopian Abba Garima Monastery.  Abba Garima is said to have arrived in Ethiopian in 494 AD, one of nine Syrian Christians who evangelized parts of rural Ethiopia during the Kingdom of Axum.  There are three surviving manuscripts in all.  They come from Ethiopia's ancient Christian civilization.  Photo credit:  Unknown, Wikimedia Commons.

Messages on

the Gospel of Mark


Mark 5:1 - 20   Jesus Heals Our Fragmented Identity

Notes and Essays on

the Gospel of Mark


The Art of Biblical Narrative: Mark's Gospel


A Problematic Use of Mark's Gospel 


Whose Family? Which Union? 

Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes 

(examines Mt.19:3 - 12/Mk.10:1 - 12)


Jesus, Jairus, and Jairus' Daughter 

(Harvard Ichthus blog, Mk.5:21 - 43) 


King of Kings 

(Harvard Ichthus blog, Mk.6:14 - 29)  


The Source of Each Person's Corruption 

(Harvard Ichthus blog, Mk.7:1 - 23)


Jesus on Marriage and Human Nature 

(Harvard Ichthus blog, Mk.10:1 - 12)


Jesus' Cry of Dereliction: Why the Father Did Not Turn Against or Away from the Son  

his paper examines Jesus' quotation of Psalm 22:1, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' from the cross

'My God, My God,

Why Have You Forsaken Me?'

(NHI blog series)

A 13th century mosaic depicting Mark arriving in the city of Alexandria.  After being with Peter in Rome, and about twelve years in Pentapolis, Mark then travelled to Egypt through the desert of Libya, and in year 61 or 63 AD entered Alexandria of Egypt, where he founded the Church of Alexandria.  The Alexandrian Christian community birthed the first Christian university and the first Christian monasteries.  The Coptic Orthodox Church traces its origins to Mark.  Photo credit:  Unknown, Wikimedia Commons.