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        the evangelist; "John whose surname was Mark" (Acts 12:12, 25).
        Mark (Marcus, Col. 4:10, etc.) was his Roman name, which
        gradually came to supersede his Jewish name John. He is called
        John in Acts 13:5, 13, and Mark in 15:39, 2 Tim. 4:11, etc.
        He was the son of Mary, a woman apparently of some means and
        influence, and was probably born in Jerusalem, where his mother
        resided (Acts 12:12). Of his father we know nothing. He was
        cousin of Barnabas (Col. 4:10). It was in his mother's house
        that Peter found "many gathered together praying" when he was
        released from prison; and it is probable that it was here that
        he was converted by Peter, who calls him his "son" (1 Pet.
        5:13). It is probable that the "young man" spoken of in Mark
        14:51, 52 was Mark himself. He is first mentioned in Acts 12:25.
        He went with Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (about
        A.D. 47) as their "minister," but from some cause turned back
        when they reached Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 12:25; 13:13). Three
        years afterwards a "sharp contention" arose between Paul and
        Barnabas (15:36-40), because Paul would not take Mark with him.
        He, however, was evidently at length reconciled to the apostle,
        for he was with him in his first imprisonment at Rome (Col.
        4:10; Philemon 1:24). At a later period he was with Peter in
        Babylon (1 Pet. 5:13), then, and for some centuries afterwards,
        one of the chief seats of Jewish learning; and he was with
        Timothy in Ephesus when Paul wrote him during his second
        imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:11). He then disappears from view.
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Mark' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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