We will never know the writer's real identity, or even if his name was Mark, since it was common practice in the ancient world to attribute written works to famous people.But we do know that it was Mark's genius to first to commit the story of Jesus to writing, and thereby inaugurated the gospel tradition.Each of the four gospels depicts Jesus in a different way.
The Gospel of Mark is 16 chapters long, shorter than the other three gospels.It is considered by most scholars to be the first of the four gospels written with a date between 50 and 70 CE.The Gospel of Luke was written about fifteen years later, between 85 and 95.Scholars refer to these three gospels as the "synoptic gospels", because they "see" things in the same way."The gospels are very peculiar types of literature. Paula Fredriksen, "they are a kind of religious advertisement.
What they do is proclaim their individual author's interpretation of the Christian message through the device of using Jesus of Nazareth as a spokesperson for the evangelists' position." About 15 years after Mark, in about the year 85 CE, the author known as Matthew composed his work, drawing on a variety of sources, including Mark and from a collection of sayings that scholars later called "Q", for Quelle, meaning source.The historical evidence suggests that Mark wrote for a community deeply affected by the failure of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Matthew wrote for a Jewish community in conflict with the Pharisaic Judaism that dominated Jewish life in the postwar period. By the time John was written, the conflict had become an open rift, reflected in the vituperative invective of the evangelist's language. Eric Meyers, "Most of the gospels reflect a period of disagreement, of theological disagreement. And the New Testament tells a story of a broken relationship, and that's part of the sad story that evolves between Jews and Christians, because it is a story that has such awful repercussions in later times." symposium . The emphasis of Mark revolves around significant events in the life of Christ, such as his crucifixion and suffering.