What does Mark present Jesus as in the Bible?

Mark presented Jesus as:

  • Racist. In chapter 7, he called Gentiles 'dogs' and only agreed to help a Gentile woman when she humbly accepted that description.
  • Less than divine. He had some extraordinary powers and God called him his son, but Mark did not believe him to be one with God. For example:

6:5: And he (Jesus) could there do no mighty work.

10:18 Why call me good. There is none good but God.

  • Irrational and quick to anger, as we see in the cursing of the fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season, and the story of his overturning the tables of the moneychangers.

Jesus told his followers to love their neighbours, an injunction taken from the Old Testament. In modern times, 'neighbours' is seen as having a broad scope because of Luke, but in Mark, as in the Hebrew Bible, it still had a narrow meaning.


Mark presents Jesus as a Savior-King, who conquers demon, disease, and death.