Most scholars say that Mark is the oldest of the three synoptic gospels, written around 65-70 CE.
Its authorship is uncertain. A Papias, the Bishop of Heirapolis (60-130 CE) wrote that Mark had written an account based on St. Peter‘s memory of the life and sayings of Christ. But modern scholars only agree that it was probably written in Syria by an unknown Christian.
Mark deals with the life and teachings of Jesus from the time of his baptism by John the Baptist to his Ascention. Many of the specific events recorded in Mark, however, were not necessarily written in the actual order that they occurred. And it tends to concentrate on the last week of Jesus’ life, from his ride into Jerusalem to his death.
- Whose is Mark’s Gospel? (smoodock45.wordpress.com)
- Earliest Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark Validates Earl Doherty (vridar.wordpress.com)
- First-Century Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark (xcntrik.wordpress.com)
- Who Wrote Mark’s Gospel? (coffeehouseapologetics.wordpress.com)
- The Gospel of St. Mark is the Gospel of St. Peter (newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com)
- The Action Gospel (prayereverywhere.wordpress.com)