The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark gets its name from the one who wrote it down, a first-century convert to Christianity by the name of John Mark. However, the stories contained in the book are actually the eyewitness accounts of the Apostle Peter, one of the first people to actually follow Jesus of Nazareth.
Peter’s stories were so compelling, and his passion for Jesus so contagious, that first century Jesus followers begged him to write them down. Since he had been a fisherman by trade and was likely not extremely educated, he found an ally in the person of John Mark, a young man who was more than capable to take Peter’s accounts of his experiences with Jesus and put them in written form.
Written in a dynamic, action-oriented style that is well-suited to Peter’s passionate personality, the Gospel of Mark is the shortest and quickest-moving of the four Gospels, and is a great place to start to learn about the life and ministry of Jesus the Messiah.