Ephesians. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon Press, ©1997. Talbert, Charles H. Ephesians and Colossians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007The New Interpreter's Bible: General Articles and Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections for Each Book of the Bible, Including the Apocryphal deuterocanonical Books.
In this paper, we will look at Mark’s account of this powerful story to see his purpose, style, and context. We will then begin to look at the theological applications of this text to reveal the true heart of Christ toward the people of biblical times and today. Historical Context Occasion and Purpose The primary purpose of Mark was to encourage the Roman believers to not lose heart even through persecutions. According to Donald Stamps, the book of Mark was written to strengthen the foundations of faith in Roman believers and, if need be, to inspire them to suffer faithfully for the gospel, placing before them the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus their Lord. Because of the Roman Empire’s dominance and harsh treatment of the Believers during the time that the book of Mark was written, they needed the assurance and encouragement to endure suffering and to persevere.
Paul’s plans, final greeting, (16:19-24) Works Cited Bright, Hilda “Servants of Christ” December 2004, 14 March, 2005. Bucke, Emory S.”Corinth” and “First Corinthians” The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. New York: Abingdon Press, Nashville. 1962. “Corinth” and “First Corinthians” The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible Grand Rapids: Michigan, 1975.