The Gospel according to Mark , commonly shortened to the Gospel of Mark, is the second book of the New Testament. This canonical account of the life of Jesus is one of the synoptic gospels. It was thought to be an epitome (or short summary), which accounts for its place as the second gospel in the Bible. However, most contemporary scholars now regard it as the earliest of the canonical gospels a position known as Markan priority.
The Gospel of Mark narrates the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth from John the Baptist who baptised Jesus to the Ascension of Jesus and it concentrates particularly on the last week of his life (chapters 11–16, the trip to Jerusalem). Its swift narrative portrays Jesus as a heroic man of action, an exorcist, a healer and miracle worker.