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Mark or John Mark (ca. CE 19 - ?) the writer of the gospel of Mark, was the first cousin of Barnabas, a son of Mary. He is understood herein as the John Mark of the Acts, the Mark of the Pauline Epistles (Colossians, Philippians, II Timothy), the Mark of I Peter, and Mark the Evangelist mentioned in early Christian literature.

His birth was about CE 19. The basis of this inference is the account of John Mark, presumably concerning himself, about a certain young man who escaped naked from the scene of Jesus' arrest in CE 30 (Mark 14:50-51). The behavior is that of a pre-teenager. See Mary, Mother of John Mark. Mark's youth is consistent of his deserting Paul and Barnabas. By this reckoning he would have been about 24 years old.

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