Mark's Gospel

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Son of David

David was the second and greatest king of Israel. He ruled the country from 1010-970 BCE. His life is recored in 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. He was a great army leader and during his reign Israel had its own empire. His reign was looked upon as Israel's golden age. David was a model Jewish leader who had a close relationship with God. God promised that one of his descendants would always rule over the people of Israel (2 Samuel 7:12-13). Son of David simply meant 'descendant of David' and was quite often used as a title for the Messiah.

The title is only found in two places in Mark's Gospel; it is used by Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) and by Jesus himself (Mark 12:35-37).

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