St Mark's Gospel 

What is a "gospel"? 

The word "gospel" comes from an Old English word godspellere, which means "good news". St Mark's Gospel begins with the following statement: "The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God." (1:1) So, what was newsworthy about Jesus and why was it good? To answer these questions we need to visit the world in which the Gospel of Mark was written. 

First, watch the video Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark. Make notes about what makes St Mark's Gospel different from the others. These notes will make more sense as we enter further into the world of first century Rome. 

Why is St Mark's Gospel represented with the image of a lion? 


Christianity in first century Rome