Mark: Disciple of Paul, Defender of the Gospel
Garroway contends that the author of Mark was an out-and-out Paulinist whose narrative blended Paul’s notion of Law-free salvation with extant traditions about the ministry and death of Jesus. By introducing this narrative as “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” thus intimating that Jesus, not Paul, is the true author of the gospel, Mark bolstered the gospel’s credentials. As Garroway demonstrates, part and parcel of this narrative was a thoroughgoing polemic against the family and the disciples of Jesus, precisely those figures who contended with Paul over the legitimacy of the gospel. Moreover, Garroway shows, Mark’s narrative embodies the key claims of the gospel by showing Jesus abrogate the Law and initiate a mission to Gentiles.