By Louis Berkhof
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Mt. 15: 15; 14:13 cf. Lk. 22:8. The authorship of Mark is quite generally admitted; yet there are some, such as Beischlag and Davidson e. a. who deny it. ” Wendt supposes that Papias had in mind a series of narratives that are embodied in our present Gospel, a sort of Urmarkus. But when Papias said that the evangelist wrote “not in order,” he did not say anything that is not true of our Mark, for in it we do not find things in the order of their occurrence. And in ancient literature there is not a single trace of an Urmarkus.
Abundant evidence of the resurrection is furnished and it is clearly shown that in the end Christ is clothed with Messianic authority. CHARACTERISTICS 1 As to form we find, in the first place, a characteristically Jewish numerical arrangement of things in this Gospel. The genealogy in ch. 1 consists of three groups of generations of fourteen each. There are seven beatitudes ch. 5; seven petitions in the Lord’s prayer ch. 6; a group of seven parables ch. 13; and seven woes on Pharisees and Scribes ch.
He brings out clearly the future rejection of Israel, answers the test questions of his enemies and pronounces a sevenfold woe on Pharisees and Scribes, 20: 29-23: 39. IV. The Sacrifice of Messiah the Priest, 24: 1-27: 66. Matthew demonstrates that Christ, now that He is rejected by the Jews, prepares his disciples for his sacrificial death by unfolding the 1 In giving the outline of the Gospels I have followed in general Gregory in his Why Four Gospels? 30 Introduction to the New Testament Louis Berkhof doctrine of his future coming in glory and by teaching them the true posture of his followers in waiting for the day of his coming, 24: 1-25: 46.