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Hey all, I know I am not always around. But I have had an idea brewing for awhile and wanted to give it a try. Sleet gave me a wonderful idea, those interested would all pick a chapter, the leader of that week (or two weeks, I think Bi-weekly would be good), will lead a discussion for that chapter. The leader will be the one that picked the chapter. However if someone isn't sure they can lead a discussion we can let others help out as well. I will start by going with Chapter 1 of Mark. I have been working on the best way to run this and I think the best thing will be to let the person of the chapter choose the way the discussion should go.

So, before I begin the discussion, who wants to join and choose what chapter?


Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:03 pm
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Count me in! I'll claim chapter 2.

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Sounds good!
To clarify though, are we all doing chapters of the same book or just whichever we happen to be reading at the time?

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Same book.


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okay, cool. ^^

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I'd love too!

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:45 pm
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Awesome!
so I will post up chapter 1 probably tomorrow when I am off work. Which of you two (Tom or Furr) wants 3 and who wants chapter 4?
It will be a while till we get there either way. we got to talk about chapter 1 first.


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I'll do Mark chapter 5!


Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:02 pm
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Hey guys, sorry for not posting. Been sick and working a lot. I will be posting the chapter 1 of mark discussion at the beginning of August.


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Looking forward to it!

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My apologies on this being so late of a start. I have been trying to find a way to give this study some justice.
So now, Mark chapter 1.
there are 45 verses in this chapter. I am reading from the NKJV myself, use whatever version you prefer.
Now; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all perspectives on the life of Jesus.

The first fifteen verses are about John the Baptist (which I think his fate is told in the gospel of luke?)
This has John mentioning how Jesus is the one the prophets foretold.
the rest of the chapter is about Jesus finding his followers and then performing miracles. However, unlike the gospel of john the first mentioned miracle (water to wine) is not told here.

So from your reading people;
1. What do you think the focus of Mark is?
2. Why are details like the story of john and the 40 days in the wilderness left out?


Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:12 pm
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Here's the link to the chapter if anyone doesn't have their own Bible!

I'm reading a Contemporary English Version Bible for mine!

My thoughts on your discussion questions:

1.) Something interesting I notice about this particular account of the Gospel is just how direct it is. The stories are back-to-back and seem to have less detail than you see in the other Gospels! To me that makes me think the focus is on trying to tell the story of Jesus's ministry. Even the Christmas story isn't there, which makes Mark strike me as a no-nonsense kinda guy, yaknow?

2.) I think there's one of two main possibilities. One, Mark didn't consider the details that important so he just wanted to mention the important stuff. Two, those details were added later by the other Gospel writers, either through their own interpretation of how it would have happened or through God's guidance. Or perhaps there were other Gospels or word of mouth they heard it from?

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So, Francis gave me a suggestion.
perhaps a chapter is to much, how about if we segment a chapter?


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That works for me once we move on to chapter 2 (which I'll be leading)!

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Jacey Panda wrote:
1. What do you think the focus of Mark is?

I think the gospels are meant to do exactly what Jesus said to the disciples, to spread the good news. if i remember correctly Mark is the shortest of the gospels, I think Mark just wanted to 'hit the highlights' so to speak and spread the message of Jesus as much as possible. In this time period most history and literature was remembered orally and stuff was written down only when it was really important, so they also wanted to have records of Jesus' time on the earth
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2. Why are details like the story of john and the 40 days in the wilderness left out?

That's an interesting one and I wonder if some of the other writers of the Gospels were merely speculating or if Jesus told them what happened in the desert and Mark felt it just wasn't important enough to write down (other than noting that it happened, of course). Given that he noted John the Baptist's appearance though that makes me wonder even more about it; perhaps John's appearance (and eating habits) were as bizarre to the Israelites as they sound to us today

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I don't see why Mark would have mentioned anything about that if it wasn't weird. So I'd guess that too! Though that begs the question of what exactly the significance of his weirdness is.

My guess is maybe God sent John the Baptist for the purpose of preparing people for the unlikely origin of the Messiah. Easing the world into something as ludicrous as a baby saving humanity!

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1) What do you think the focus of mark is?

anyone here who is smarter than me; confirm that Mark was the oldest gospel, correct? I'm pretty sure that's right.

Either way, I imagine that Mark is trying to tell a story, and is recalling all the bits he can remember or was told. I'm not sure he had a point per sey.

2) Why are details left out?

Might not have known about them! Or perhaps he didn't think they were important. I WOULD like to know more about the John thing. I don't remember studying him much. Grasshopper eating isn't that weird though.

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