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