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The writer of the Gospel of Mark is
usually identified with that Mark or John Mark mentioned in Acts, 87.
This Mark was not of the twelve apostles; he was a cousin of Barnabas
(Col. 4, 10), and apparently the son of that Mary in whose house the
apostles lodged in Jerusalem. Hence he belonged to the next younger
generation, and may or may not in his youth have been an eyewitness to
many of the events he describes. He was at any rate in constant
communion with the twelve great teachers, especially with Peter, and
learned the entire story from their lips. He accompanied Peter to Rome,
where he is generally supposed to have written his Gospel about the year
70 A. D. for the instruction of the Roman converts. Thus it was written
under Peter's supervision, and has been regarded as embodying Peter's
thought, in distinction from the Gospel of St. Luke, which expresses the
teaching of Paul.