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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Mark 1:17

THEME

Jesus calls His disciples for ministry

SETTING

c.26–27 CE, Roman Judean countryside, beside the Sea of Galilee.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God at the start of His ministry in Galilee.

The 11 “good” disciples These include (Simon) Peter, Andrew, James, John, Matthew (Levi), and Simon the Zealot.

Judas Iscariot The disciple who will betray Jesus.

Early in His ministry, Jesus selects 12 disciples. This is a step to securing His legacy and has huge significance: the 12 men He chooses will go on to spread the word of Jesus and build a new Israel: a new Church.

In the Ancient Near East, the gathering ...

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