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Considered to be the earliest Gospel, written around 65-70 for a community of Gentile Christians who were suffering persecution, perhaps in Rome. It is short and may well reflect the teaching of Peter. It presents Jesus as the Son of God and as a suffering and misunderstood Messiah. It almost certainly had an “ending” added to it with the original version finishing with fearful women running from Jesus’ empty tomb.

For more information please see the Gospel of Mark.