Plutarch Posthumously Reads The Gospel of Mark as Allegory It is by no means radical to suggest that stories of the Bible were heavily influenced by stories of Greek myth. In fact, MacDonald makes a strong argument, based on the use of epics and mimesis in Greek education, for the likelihood that Mark consciously and even explicitly imitated the form and content of Greek epics in the writing of The Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark is widely regarded as the first of the written gospels and the basis for all the Synoptic Gospels. Mark is specifically known for its employ of the Messianic Secret: Jesus hides his identity and conceals the content of his messages through parable, causing the apostles confusion until after his death. Mark is...The end:
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