Mark 15

For the full text of Mark 15, click here.

From the arrest and trial last chapter, this one gets into the sentencing. Jesus is taken to see Pilate in the morning for sentencing. He tries to get to what the problem is but Jesus doesn’t give him much to go on. There are a few notable differences between this account and the one in Matthew 27. First of all, there is no mention of Judas again, let alone his suicide. Then there is no warning from Pilate’s wife to not have anything to do with what is going on there. Also, Pilate refers to Jesus as “the Christ” in Matthew and “the King of the Jews” here. The people are sure they want Barabbas let free rather than Jesus but there is no mention of symbolically washing his hands of the whole situation.

Jesus is then mocked and crucified as in the previous telling, with mostly the same wording even in this translation. There is a small addition of it being the third hour when He was crucified. This one also specifies more women “looking on from a distance” than in the last one. Mary Magdelene and Mary the mother of James are again specifically named, but so is Salome and that these were women who had followed Jesus and “ministered to” Jesus as well as mention that “there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem”.

This one mentions the tomb and the burial of Jesus but doesn’t include the extra guards appointed to watch over it to make sure that no one takes His body. It is the only time I’ve ever seen or heard anything about a Salome in this part of the story as well. I did look up this Salome, so as not to confuse her with the one towards the beginning of the gospel who asks for the head of John the Baptist. This one is only named in this gospel and shows up with two of the Mary’s. In the other gospels, they are all Mary and the article I saw on Wikipedia suggests she was Mary Salome. The chapter ends with Joseph of Arimethea burying Jesus in the tomb.


Chapter links go to the ESV translations at Biblehub.com but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

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