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7:3f., , ), and one which had known, or was expecting, persecution for faith (cf.
-38, f., 13:9-13); all this is compatible with Roman origin, and if the Gospel circulated from the beginning with the authority of the Roman church it is easier to explain how it so soon won an authoritative position." Reginald Fuller states the following on the provenance of Mark (A Critical Introduction to the New Testament, p.
For information on these points, we can merely refer our readers to the books themselves; but now, to the extracts already made, we shall add, as being a matter of primary importance, a tradition regarding Mark who wrote the Gospel, which he [Papias] has given in the following words: "And the presbyter said this.
If the Gospel of Matthew was written in the last two decades of the first century, the most probable range of dating for the Gospel of Mark is from 65 to 80 CE.
This range can be further qualified by an examination of the internal evidence.
It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Christ. But afterwards, as I said, he accompanied Peter, who accommodated his instructions to the necessities [of his hearers], but with no intention of giving a regular narrative of the Lord's sayings.
Wherefore Mark made no mistake in thus writing some things as he remembered them.
We are drawn to suggest Antioch as the most likely place of origin." A general range of dating for the Gospel of Mark can be suggested with reference to the external evidence.