The Gospel of Mark

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In it's infancy, the Christian church, was violently persecuted by the power of the Roman Empire. Tradition holds that the apostle Paul was beheaded in Rome, probably in accordance with the policy begun by Nero in a.d.64. This is a word for word account of the life of Jesus Christ, penned by Mark, and undoubtedly gleaned from the teachings of Peter.
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Language: English
About Glen Bonham

Glen Bonham is a screenwriter, audio drama producer, and novelist. His first novel, The Elvis Interviews was nominated for Best First Novel by Crime Writers of Canada for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award. Glen lives in Kingston Ontario Canada.

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Review by: James M. Becher on Sep. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a brave undertaking and a great idea--to re-tell the life of Jesus from the gospel of Mark in a screenplay full of flashbacks, depicting the deaths of both Paul and Peter. However with all the flashbacks, and sometimes flashbacks within flashbacks, it gets but confusing at times. Perhaps it would be clearer when actually made into a movie.
It starts with Peter and Mark witnessing the death of Paul by beheading. Most of the rest is done by flashback, as Peter dictates the book to Mark, or Mark reads it. I'm not sure that Peter actually dictated any of the gospel, but Mark picked it up from listening to him, yet this may straining a point.
Where it gets kind of hairy is toward the end as the guards are taking Peter to meet his own fate. Here we find Mark screaming the last verses of the book through the window. It's a way to get all of the scripture in, but it seems a bit contrived.
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