Mark's Gospel

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The Denial of Peter

(Mark 14:66-72)

According to a strong tradition Mark was the companion of Peter in Rome and it is likely that some, at least, of the teaching of Peter is contained in Mark's Gospel. Mark does not spare Peter any embarrassment in retelling this incident. This may be an indication of the way in which Peter retold the incident in his own preaching.

After the Last Supper Jesus had told his disciples that they would all lose faith. Peter had boasted that, 'Even if all lose faith, I will not'. Jesus correctly predicted that Peter too would disown him before the night was over.

Peter was recognized as one of Jesus' disciples because of his distinctive northern accent.

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