The Book of Mark

Links to all of the notes associated with each verse are accessed here. For reference, the NIV text is used here to show the verses. You can reference the Greek and Latin translations from the notes pages. My progress through the book is indicated by the number of Chapters shown: the canonical Mark has sixteen chapters.

Chapter 1

Chapter Summary

The chapter begins with John the Baptist declaring in word and action that the people of Judea, especially those of Jerusalem, are doomed, and predicts the coming of Caesar. Jesus of Galilee is anointed by Caesar to deliver this message to Judea, and is thus given vast amounts of authority to do so. Jesus goes to the heart of the rebellion against Rome and speaks directly to the Zealots and rebellious fishermen, convincing many to return to Rome and sending away those who disagree.

Another Jesus, a rebel, begins to gather members for his house and attends to the synagogues throughout Galilee, attempting to gather followers and reject vigilantes. He attracts all of the townspeople to his door as he speaks and addresses the great number of rebels in the area.

A third Jesus appears on the scene with miraculous healing powers. About this time, folks are beginning to mistake the various Jesuses for each other.

This story reflects a time when General Vespasian was touring Galilee with a legion and crushing the fishing villages that had sided with the Zealots. Not long after this, Vespasian was tapped to become the emperor, beginning the Flavian dynasty.

Table of Scenes

SceneVersesSubject
Prophetic Old Testament reference1-3Mars
John the Baptist preaches to Judea4-8John the Baptist
Jesus of Galilee anointed by God9-11Jesus Anointed
Jesus of Galilee in the wilderness12-13Jesus Anointed
First four Apostles gathered14-20Jesus Rebel
Unclean Spirit in the synagogue21-28Jesus A & Jesus R
Healing of Simon’s Mother-in-Law29-31Jesus Rebel
Healing of the crowds32-34Jesus Anointed
Jesus Poops35-37Jesus Rebel
Teaching throughout Galilee38-39Jesus Rebel
Healing of the Leper40-45Jesus Physician
The Text, with notes

Chapter 2

The Text, with notes
  • And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. [Notes…]

  • Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. [Notes…]

  • Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. [Notes…]

  • And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. [Notes…]

  • When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” [Notes…]

  • And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, [Notes…]

  • “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” [Notes…]

  • But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? [Notes…]

  • Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? [Notes…]

  • But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, [Notes…]

  • “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” [Notes…]

  • Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” [Notes…]

  • Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. [Notes…]

  • As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. [Notes…]

  • Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. [Notes…]

  • And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” [Notes…]

  • When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” [Notes…]