The shortest and oldest of the four gospels, Mark was written in the earliest days of Christianity, when its adherents faced violent persecution. Against this backdrop, Mark provided a source of hope for the young church. With Fr. Felix Just, SJ (PhD, Yale University), as your guide, you will explore Mark's action-packed gospel, looking at its composition, history, and structure before turning to its salient literary features and key stories. This short talk is part of a larger series, Fr. Felix Just’s acclaimed Introduction to the New Testament. We invite you to enjoy the entire 36-talk series.