Mark is the second book in the New Testament, second gospel, and second of the synoptics. I have to wonder if that makes it the book of the Jesus’s life seen as second most accurate at the Council of Nicea. A lot of books were considered but not all made the cut. Based on some college reading, I recall that the council was brought together to discard false and inaccurate books and canonize those seen to be historically accurate and that tended to agree. What made them put Matthew first and Mark second?
After reading through both, I’d have to say it probably has to do with that Matthew establishes and stresses the divinity of Jesus. The rest of the story would still be a great story to tell but not have the same meaning without Jesus as the Son of God and the sacrifice to end all sacrifices at the same time. Matthew gets that point across better. It comes off as the main intent of his book. In contrast, Mark makes a point telling the story of Jesus and his relationship with the people of Israel more than anything else.
- Mary, mother of Jesus
- The woman who touches His garment
- Jairus’s daughter
- Jesus’s sisters that are used against Him
- Herodias and her daughter
- Contributing widow
- The woman who anointed His at Bethany
- Servant girl who points out Peter
- Mary Magdelene
- Mary mother of James
As stated above, the gospel of Mark is about Jesus and His relationship with the people. More specifically, Jesus is training the disciples to take over once He’s gone. He speaks in parables that He knows confuses people but explains them to the disciples. He’s also exasperated by their inability to pick up on things quite often.
Though there are definite differences between the story Mark tells and the story Matthew tells, the differences are fairly negligible. They mostly come down to the way something was said or stories that appear in one account but not the other. Other than the main events that made the birth, life, and death of Jesus notable in the first place, I can easily see how different people would find different moments and teachings to be important enough to write down, or not.
Aside from the genealogy, which doesn’t appear at all in Mark, my thoughts on feminism and the treatment of women in this gospel are pretty much the same as in the reflection on Matthew.