The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is presented as a dramatic narrative. A Gospel which is in essence a play, divine and cosmic in its implications. Martens argues that the Gospel can be divided into six Acts, each with many scenes. Each Act is at the service of Mark's overall purpose, to explain and unfold not only the identity of the Messiah, but the destiny of the Messiah and his followers, then and now. More

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About John W. Martens

John W. Martens is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches early Christianity and Judaism. He also directs the Master of Arts in Theology program at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. into a Mennonite family that had decided to confront modernity in an urban setting. His post-secondary education began at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas, came to an abrupt stop, then started again at Vancouver Community College, where his interest in Judaism and Christi-anity in the earliest centuries emerged. He then studied at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, and McMaster Univer-sity, with stops at University of Haifa and University of Tubingen.

His writing often explores the intersection of Jewish, Christian and Greco-Roman culture and belief, such as in “let the little children come to me: Children and Childhood in Early Christianity” (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009), but he is not beyond jumping into the intersection of modernity and ancient religion, as in “The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television” (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Press, 2003).

He blogs at and at for “The Good Word.” You can follow him on Twitter @biblejunkies, where he would be excited to welcome you to his random and obscure interests, which range from the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Timberwolves, to his dog, and 70s punk, pop and rock. When he can, he brings students to Greece, Turkey and Rome to explore the artifacts and landscape of the ancient world.

He lives in St. Paul with his wife and has two sons. He is certain that the world will not end until the Vancouver Canucks have won the Stanley Cup, as evidence has emerged from the Revelation of John, 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, and 4 Ezra which all point in this direction.

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