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Mark (märk). John whose surname was Mark, Acts 12:12, was the son of Mary, a woman of piety who lived at Jerusalem. The disciples occasionally assembled at her house for prayer, and she was sister to Barnabas. Colossians 4:10. He is also called Marcus. Peter styles Mark his son, 1 Peter 5:13; meaning his spiritual son—that he was converted by that apostle. Mark left Jerusalem for Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, Acts 12:25, and accompanied them on their first missionary journey. He left them at Perga and returned to Jerusalem. This afterward led to a serious dispute between Paul and Barnabas. Acts 13:5; Acts 13:13; Acts 15:39. They therefore separated, Mark sailing with his uncle Barnabas to Cyprus. Acts 15:36-39. At a later period he was again with Paul during his first imprisonment at Rome, Colossians 4:10, and he regained Paul's confidence. 2 Timothy 4:11. We find him also with Peter, 1 Peter 5:13, with whom he is said to have travelled, and to have been his amanuensis. Nothing further of him is recorded in the Scripture; but we may identify him with the author of the second Gospel, and may readily believe ecclesiastical history which tells us that he was bishop of the church in Alexandria. Whether he died a natural death or by martyrdom is uncertain.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Mark'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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