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Characteristics of the Gospel of Mark:
- Mark is probably the earliest gospel. Both Matthew and Luke have most of Mark in their gospels.
- The focus of Mark is found in the 1:1. With the except on a brief prologue and epilogue, the gospel to 8:30 deals with Jesus as the Christ and from 8:30 deals with Jesus as the Son of God.
- Compared to the other gospels, Mark devotes a lot more space to the crucifixion.
- After Mark 16:8, there are two endings, neither written by Mark.
And when the Sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint his body. And very early on the first day after the Sabbath they went to the tomb just after sunrise. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away for us the stone from the door of the tomb?” And when they looked up, they saw that the stone was rolled away, for it was very large. And when they went into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, and he was wearing a white robe. And they were utterly amazed. But he said to them, “Don't be amazed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. See the place where they lay him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, that he is going ahead to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And [the women] fled from the tomb, for they were seized with trembling and bewilderment. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.