Mark; Marcus

Concise Bible Dictionary:

A disciple described as “John, whose surname was Mark,” and as “sister’s son to Barnabas.” When Peter was miraculously delivered from prison he resorted to the house of Mary, who was Mark’s mother. Peter may have been the means of his conversion, for he calls him his “son” (1 Peter 5:1313The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. (1 Peter 5:13)). He accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, but left them at Perga. When the second journey was proposed, Paul did not think it right to take Mark with them; but on Barnabas pressing this, they separated, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed to Cyprus (Acts 12:12,2512And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. (Acts 12:12)
25And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark. (Acts 12:25)
; Acts 13:5,135And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. (Acts 13:5)
13Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. (Acts 13:13)
; Acts 15:37,3937And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. (Acts 15:37)
39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; (Acts 15:39)
). Paul and Mark were afterward reconciled; he was with Paul at Rome and was commended to the Colossians (Acts 4:1010Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (Acts 4:10); Philem. 1:2424Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlaborers. (Philemon 24)). He was with Peter at Babylon, and when Paul was a second time a prisoner at Rome, he asked for Mark, saying he was serviceable for the ministry (2 Tim. 4:1111Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11)). Doubtless this Mark was God’s instrument in writing the Gospel bearing his name.

Jackson’s Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names:

English form of Marcus