The Good News According to Mark:
[Jesus entered Jerusalem. People spread their cloaks and herbs in front
of him and cried out, "Hosanna! He who comes in God's name is
Once when they had entered Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple. There he
set about chasing out those who bought and sold on the premises.
said when he taught was: "Isn't it written that my house is a
house of prayer for everyone? But you have turned it into hideout for
11.22-25 Jesus also said: "Trust in God! I'm telling you, anyone who says
to a mountain like this, 'Be uprooted and thrown into the sea', and then doesn't
doubt deep within himself that it can happen, that's how it will work out.
"That's why I keep on telling you, if you trust that you'll get
what you ask for in prayer, that's how it will turn out.
"So when you stand up for your prayers, forgive anyone you've got
something against. That way your Father in heaven can also forgive what
you've done wrong."
* This passage is bracketed because it can't
strictly speaking be classed as "what really happened" with any
high degree of probability. You won't find these words as such in Mark's
Gospel. The problem is that the account of Jesus entry into Jerusalem has been extensively altered by
the author's theological interpretation. Mark has been used by Matthew
(21.1), Luke (19.28) and John (12.12). But they have also substantially altered it for their own
purposes. Nevertheless, most scholars agree that Jesus did enter Jerusalem
with a degree of public acclaim at some point, most likely at a Passover
Feast. This was probably what got him arrested and killed. The Roman authorities
were hyper-alert about such things, and had the power to act without much more
than a cursory examination of the facts.
Chapters 1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9,
13, 14, 15