Mark 1:1 Commentary - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MARK.
-Usherian year of the World, 4030.
-Alexandrian year of the World, 5528.
-Antiochian year of the World, 5518.
-Constantinopolitan AEra of the World, 5534.
-Rabbinical year of the World, 3786.
-Year of the Julian Period, 4740.
-AEra of the Seleucidae, 338.
-Year of the Christian AEra, 26.
-Year of the CCI. Olympiad, 2.
-Year of the building of Rome, 769.
-Year of the Julian AEra, 71.
-Year of the Caesarean AEra of Antioch, 74.
-Year of the Spanish AEra, 64.
-Year of the Paschal Cycle or Dionysian Period, 27.
-Year of the Christian Lunar Cycle, or Golden Number, 8.
-Year of the Rabbinical Lunar Cycle, 5.
-Year of the Solar Cycle, 7.
-Dominical Letter, F.
-Year of the Emperor Tiberius, 14.
-Consuls, C. Calvisius Sabinus, and Cn. Corn. Lentulus Getulicus, from January 1 to July 1; and Q. Marcius Barca and T. Rustius Nummus Gallus, for the remainder of the year. The reason why two sets of Consuls appear in this Chronology is this: the Consuls were changed every year in July; therefore, taking in the whole year, four Consuls necessarily appear: two for the first six months, and two for the latter half of the year.
The mission, preaching, and success of John Baptist, 1-5.
His manner of life, 6.
Proclaims Christ, and baptizes him in Jordan, 7-11.
The temptation of Christ, 12, 13.
John being put in prison, Christ begins to preach, 14, 15.
He calls Andrew and Simon, 16-18.
James and John, 19, 20.
Teaches in Capernaum, 21, 22.
Casts out a demon, 23-28.
Goes into the house of Simon, and heals his mother-in-law,
Heals many diseased persons, 32-34.
Goes to the desert, and is followed by his disciples, 35-37.
Preaches in different towns and synagogues of Galilee, and casts
cut devils, 38, 39.
Cleanses a leper, who publishes abroad his miraculous cure,
NOTES ON CHAP. I.
Verse 1. The beginning of the Gospel] It is with the utmost propriety that Mark begins the Gospel dispensation by the preaching of John the Baptist, he being the forerunner of Jesus Christ, and the first proclaimer of the incarnated Messiah. Gospel-for the meaning of the word see the preface to Matthew. Mt 1:1
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Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible
Adam Clarke (1762 – 1832) was a British Methodist theologian who served three times as President of the Methodist Conference (1806–07, 1814–15 and 1822–23). A biblical scholar, he published an influential Bible commentary among other works. He was a Wesleyan.