Mark, John

A common Latin name. In the Acts a certain John Mark lived in his mother's house in Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) and was the companion of Paul and Barnabas on their mission of aid for Jerusalem (Acts 12:25). However, Mark deserted them during a later journey (Acts 13:5, 13), and when Barnabas suggested him as a companion once more, Paul angrily severed the partnership with Barnabas, leaving the latter to go off to his native Cyprus with Mark (Acts 15:39). It is possible that a deeper reason for the separation was Paul's determination that gentile [[➝ Gentiles]] converts should not be subject to the Jewish law—a quarrel between Paul and Barnabas which had blown up at Antioch (Gal. 2:13).
A Mark (a ‘cousin of Barnabas’) is mentioned in Col. 4:10; and in 2 Tim. 4:11, Mark is praised as a useful assistant to the writer. He is referred to affectionately in 1 Pet. 5:13. It is possible that these, and the Mark who sends greetings to Philemon 24), all refer to the same man, and that therefore a reconciliation took place between Paul and Mark. That is the traditional view, and it is certainly more plausible than the legend that Mark founded the Church in Alexandria and that his body was eventually buried in Venice in 829 CE. Mark's emblem of a winged lion is ascribed to him on account of the supposed portrayal in his gospel of regal characteristics of Jesus. The emblem is familiar in Mark's patronal city of Venice, and there is a sequence of mosaics of him dating from the 13th cent. in the Capella Zeno.

Dictionary of the Bible.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mark John — may refer to:* Mark John Currie (19th century), Royal Navy admiral * Mark John Young (born 1967), Welsh politicianee also* John Mark * Mark St. John …   Wikipedia

  • MARK, JOHN —    the author of the second Gospel, the son of Mary, Barnabas sister, who ministered to Christ, and whose house in Jerusalem was a place of resort for the disciples of Christ after the resurrection; accompanied Paul and his uncle on their first… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Mark John Currie — Born 21 June 1795 Upper Gatton, Surrey Died 2 May 1874 Anerley, Crystal Palace, Surrey Allegiance …   Wikipedia

  • Mark John Calcavecchia — Mark Calcavecchia Personalia Nationalität:   …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mark John Young — Infobox Politician name=Mark John Young caption=Trust in Wales Ymddiried yng Nghymru office=Assembly Candidate website=http://www.valeofclwydlibdems.co.uk birth date =Birth date and age|1967|6|10|df=y birth place =Ellesmere Port, England… …   Wikipedia

  • Mark Calcavecchia — Personal information Full name Mark John Calcavecchia …   Wikipedia

  • John Coleman (Australian footballer) — John Coleman Personal information Full name …   Wikipedia

  • John Mark (disambiguation) — John Mark is traditionally believed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark.John Mark may also refer to:* John Mark Ainsley (born 1963), English tenor * John Mark Colquhoun (born 1963), Scottish footballer * John Mark Davies (1840 1919),… …   Wikipedia

  • Mark Grisanti — Member of the New York Senate from the 60th district Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 2011 Preceded by Antoine Thompson Personal details Born …   Wikipedia

  • Mark Wilford — (born January 27, 1959, Boulder, Colorado) is an American rock climber and alpinist known for his bold, traditional style. Contents 1 Biography 2 Notable climbs 3 Bibliography 4 R …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.