The Tedious Process of Correctness
The editing process along with presenting a correct theological viewpoint is slow, meticulous, and tedious. However, the driving questions that are always present are as follows:
Who is Mark, the author of this writing and why is it anonymous?
What was the background of this author?
Were there more than one person involved in this writing, was it a group project?
What was the reason or purpose of this writing?
How long did this gospel take to write, and what research was conducted in preparation?
To whom was the author writing too, who is the audience?
If the audience is known to have been illiterate and will only experience this work through hearing an oral presentation, why is the literary construct so complex?
How was the writer of this gospel certain that his complex, two level literary approach was received and understood by his audience?
Was the writer aware of Paul and his theological viewpoint?
How did this writing become known to other churches and result in mass copying?
How much different is the received text from the original autograph?
What happened to this author after his work was received and copied?
Unfortunately we might never know the answer to many of these questions.