Introduction to the NT                                                                                    Fall 2007


            The Structure of the Gospel of Mark:

            Two Outlines


Adapted from Gospel Parallels, ed. Bruce Throckmorton  


I.  The Galilean Section Mark 1-9

            A. Prologue: In the Wilderness 1:1-13

            B. Jesus in Galilee - Mark 1:14-9:50

                        Jesus Appears, Preaching the Kingdom of God 1:14-3:6

                        JesusÕ Ministry with Parables and Signs; Rejection by his own 3:7-6:6

                        JesusÕ Ministry to Gentiles; Blindness of the Disciples    6:7-8:21

                        Jesus Opens Blind Eyes: Christology and Discipleship   8:22-9:50


II. The Judean Section Mark 10-15

            A. The Journey to Jerusalem  10:1-52 (Bartimaeus)

                        Jesus Opens Blind Eyes: Christology and Discipleship 10:1-10:52

            B. The Days in Jerusalem  11:1-13:4

            C. The Synoptic Apocalypse  13:5-37

            D. The Passion Narrative  14:1-15:47

                        Last Supper  Mark 14:17-25

            E. The Mystery of the Empty Tomb  16:1-8



From The New Testament, by Norman Perrin & Dennis Duling,   305 


Introduction 1:1-13

            Transitional summary  1:14-15

I. The Authority of Jesus exhibited in Word and Deed   1:16-3:6

            Transitional summary 3:7-12

II. Jesus as Son of God and as Rejected by his own People  3:13-6:6a

            Transitional summary  6:6b

III.  Jesus as Son of God and as misunderstood by disciples - 6:7-8:21

            8:22-26 Transition giving of sight story

IV.  Chirstology and Christian discipleship in light of the Passion

            10:46-52  Transitional giving of sight story

V.  Days in Jerusalem prior to the Passion  11:1-12:44

            Introduction to apocalyptic discourse  13:1-5a

VI.  Apocalyptic Discourse  13:5b-37

            Introduction to Passion Narrative 14:1-12

VII.  Passion Narrative  14:13-16:8




Types of Material Interwoven in Gospel of Mark 1-4


            1) Stories central to the Narrative's Representation of Jesus' Identity and Ministry

                                    Baptism and Temptation Narrative 1:9-13

                                    The Beginning of JesusÕ ministry in Galilee 1:14-15

                                    Jesus at prayer; resolve to go out and preach 1:35-39

            2) Call and Commissioning of Disciples - 1:16-20; 2:13-14, 3:13-19

            3) Healings and Miracle Stories

                        Healings: 1:21-28; 1:29-31; 1:40-45; 2:1-12 (combined with controversy story);

                        3:1-6 (withered hand; controversy)

                        Miracle Story: Stilling of Storm 4:35-41 - (faith of disciples)

            4) Controversy Stories 

                        Stories of Opposition and Confrontation:  2:1-12 (on forgiving sins), 2:15-17 (eating with tax collectors and sinners), 2:18-20 (JohnÕs disciples),  2:23-28 (Sabbath - grain); 3:1-6 - (Pharisees conspired with Herodians against him). 3:19-30 (Accusation against Jesus: He casts out demons by Beelzebul)

            5) Sayings of Jesus 

                        Several sayings of Jesus are embedded within stories - e.g., 2:21-22 (part of controversy with JÕs disciples), sayings about Satan in 3:23-27 and 3:28-29; Family redefined (3:31-35). 

                        The Parables and Sayings of Mark 4 -  

                                    3 Parables + Allegorical Interpretation of the Sower.

                        Aphorisms in 4:10-12 




Interweaving of Material in Mark 1

1) NarratorÕs Opening: Ōthe beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, Son of God,Ķ (1:1

2) John the Baptist narrative – use of Isaiah (1:2-8)

3) JesusÕ baptism (1: 9-13). Voice from Heaven: You are my Son. Spirit descends on him.

4) Temptation Narrative (1:9-11). Spirit drove him into wilderness. Tempted by Satan. 40.

5) Summary of JesusÕ activity in Galilee (1:14-15): proclaiming the good news (kerusson to eungelion) of God: ŌThe time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.Ķ 

6) Call of first 4 disciples (1:16-20). Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John follow him.

7) Teaching in synagogue of Capernaum; Exorcism of unclean spirit (1:21- 28).

8) Healing of PeterÕs mother in law (1:29-31). 

9) Narrative Summary: many healings in Galilee; he would not permit demons to speak because they knew him (1:32-34).

10) Jesus in Prayer, DisciplesÕ search; Jesus declares what he came out to do: to proclaim  the message (kerusso) and cast out demons (1:35-39).

11) Healing of leper;  enjoined to secrecy, but he began to proclaim (kerusso) it freely  (1:40-45).