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We will never know the writer's real identity, or even if his name was Mark, since it was common practice in the ancient world to attribute written works to famous people.But we do know that it was Mark's genius to first to commit the story of Jesus to writing, and thereby inaugurated the gospel tradition.Mark 1:1 is an incomplete sentence that sounds much like a title: "The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ." Because a similar phrase is found in Hebrews ("the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God") and in a third-century papyrus which speaks of a "catechumen in the beginning of the gospel," it is possible that Mark was intended as a simple introduction to Jesus' life and sayings for new converts.As he was most likely the first gospel writer, "Mark is really the one that sets the stage for all the later Christian gospel writings." So where did the author of Mark get the idea for the "gospel" genre?
Scholars refer to these three gospels as the "synoptic gospels", because they "see" things in the same way.
That story is directly connected to the Christian ritual of the Eucharist.
As Helmut Koester has observed, the ritual cannot "live" without the story.
"The gospels are very peculiar types of literature. Paula Fredriksen, "they are a kind of religious advertisement.
What they do is proclaim their individual author's interpretation of the Christian message through the device of using Jesus of Nazareth as a spokesperson for the evangelists' position." About 15 years after Mark, in about the year 85 CE, the author known as Matthew composed his work, drawing on a variety of sources, including Mark and from a collection of sayings that scholars later called "Q", for Quelle, meaning source.
Luke wrote for a predominately Gentile audience eager to demonstrate that Christian beliefs in no way conflicted with their ability to serve as a good citizen of the Empire.