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John Mark
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In the book of Acts (Acts, Book of), the John (Ἰοαννες/Ioannes) who was also called Mark (Μαρκος/Markos) is introduced as a traveling companion of Barnabas and Paul (Acts 12:12; 25–13:5). The name “John” (יוחנן/Yoḥanan) was a Hebrew name meaning “YHWH has been gracious,” whereas “Mark” (Marcus) was a Latin praenomen, of unknown origin (possibly originally associated wit…

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Furlong, Dean, “John Mark”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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