JOHN MARK is not the brother of Barnabas, despite what I wrote in Who’s Who & Where’s Where in the Bible 2.0.
Look on page 264 and you’ll discover my humanity.
The feature begins:
BROTHER OF BARNABAS, John Mark didn’t finish what he started.
If you bought the book or got a free copy from me, take a pen and cross out BROTHER. Write in COUSIN.
That’s what I did on some of the copies I gave away. I think I may have initialed some of the corrections as well.
We’ll get it fixed in the next printing.
For the record, take a look below to see how the article should have read.
First century AD
First mention: Acts 12:12
COUSIN OF BARNABAS, John Mark didn’t finish what he started. That made the apostle Paul angry.
John Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas on the first known missionary trip. After preaching in Cyprus, they sailed to what is now Turkey. John Mark left them after reaching the swampy coast.
When it came time for the second trip, Paul and Barnabas argued about taking John Mark. In a split decision, Barnabas took John Mark. Paul went in a different direction, taking Silas.
If John Mark is the same person later called simply Mark, then he made up with Paul because they traveled together again. Mark was his Roman name, John his Hebrew name – just as Paul had two names: Paul (Roman) and Saul (Hebrew).
Early church leaders said Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark.
An excerpt from Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible 2.0.
PS If you discover any mistakes in any of my books, please let me know. We do try to correct mistakes and update the information as needed from one printing to the next. Thanks.