Mark, also known as John Mark, was a disciple of Peter and missionary in the early New Testament church. His mother, named Mary, seems to have often hosted gatherings for Jesus’ disciples (Acts 12:12). Mark was also the cousin of Barnabas, a fellow worker and missionary with Paul. Mark joined Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, but abandoned them in Perga (Acts 13:2-13), causing later tension between Paul and Barnabas when Barnabas wanted to take Mark along on the second missionary journey (Acts 15:36-40). Although Scripture does not indicate how things were mended, his relationship with Paul seems to have been repaired because he helps Paul on a later journey (2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 23-24). Since Mark was a disciple of Peter, his Gospel shows major influences and insights from the apostle himself.
1st century A.D.
Location in the Bible
Mark (author), Acts 12-13, 15:36-41, Colossians 4:10, 2 Timothy 4:11, Philemon 1:23-24, 1 Peter 5:13