Mark 1‑16  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 16
(a defense)
Briefest of the gospels, yet giving more details, and in historical order, presents Christ as the humble Servant, (giving no genealogy) ever prompt “to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many,” “obedient unto death.” “He hath done all things well” (7:37).
The rubbish of “higher criticism” has cast a doubt as to the genuineness of the last twelve verses of this gospel, but “no good version of antiquity omits... the vast mass of positive testimony and the internal character prove not only that it is inspired scripture, but from none other than from Mark” (William Kelly).
Written 67-63 A.D. by the Lord’s failing, yet later restored, servant, Barnabas’ cousin, and not an apostle nor eye-witness of what the Holy Spirit gave him to pen.