The Gospel of Mark

“The woman with the blood flow” by Feminae

The Gospel of Mark depicts a Jesus of good news—and urgent challenge. The clever author of this gospel masterfully weaves together episodes that encourage attentive reading, especially if we want to understand more about the audience that first heard this book.

Understood to be the earliest of the four canonical gospels, Mark offers an uncluttered yet vivid narrative. This story of good news, challenge, and literary delight makes the Gospel of Mark a wonderful book to read together in community.




David Bartlett headshot Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett

Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett, who passed away in 2017, was the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale University, Prof. Bartlett was the author of numerous publications including Fact and Faith, The Shape of Scriptural Authority, Between the Bible and the Church, and What’s Good About This News? Preaching from the Gospels and Galatians, among others. He was also the co-editor of the Westminster Bible Companion and Feasting on the Word commentary series. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA, Prof. Bartlett served as the Senior Minister for congregations in Minnesota, Illinois, and California.

Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton

The Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton is the Executive Director of House United, a non-profit organization he founded in 2016, a role that takes him 40 weeks per year to divide communities around the nation. His book, “A House United: How the Church Can Save the World”, moves from the fact and causes of American political polarization to the possibility that faith communities can help solve it.

A graduate of George Fox College (B.A., 1985), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1989), and Yale University (Ph.D., 1997), Allen taught Bible at St. Mary’s College of California and then New Testament at Yale Divinity School before being called into parish ministry in 2001. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Hilton has served as Minister of Christian Formation in The Congregational Church of New Canaan, was Senior Minister of Plymouth Church, UCC, in Seattle, WA., and then Minister for Faith and Learning at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN. He lives in Austin, TX, with his wife Liz, their teen sons, Sam and Isaac, and their labradoodle Watson.

Appears in: The Gospel According to Mark