…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Mark’s Gospel – oral storyteller version

Mark’s gospel is probably the easiest to read gospel.  Filled with action, miracles, interesting characters, snapshot stories … never a dull moment, … punctuated by ‘immediately‘ and ‘at once(36 and 4 times in NKJV respectively).

In the first century when the New Testament happened, mass education was not as widespread as it is today.  Most people were oral learners.  Stories, narratives, experiences, testimonies were some of the tools used to share  with others, young and old, creating memorable moments.

The first high quality, low cost Bible was printed in 1455 by Gutenberg.  (Source:  Wikipedia).
For the first 15 plus centuries, personal Bibles were very rare,
… but,  .. that did not hinder the Word of God from spreading thru the Eastern and Western world by the Holy Spirit, … starting with events recorded in the book of Acts.

Mark’s gospel lends itself well as presented by an animated storyteller dramatising the facts regarding the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1:1 AMP).

In keeping with this oral tradition, here’s a wonderful storyteller version of Mark’s gospel by Max McLean.
Jesus in 1.5 hrs 🙂
… a user-friendly Jesus introduction
… good for new believers.

Drama and visual maps help paint Jesus’ story … and through the art of storytelling, jokes in Mark’s narrative are well captured :-).  The maps demonstrate Jesus extensive journey & ministry, proclaiming the kingdom of God.

Also included in this post, is another storyteller version of Mark’s gospel  by actor, David Suchet.

More?  Here’s a list of other one-man storyteller versions of Mark’s Gospel on the Internet.  Click here.

With Bible presentations like these, its hard to fall asleep in church.

Mark’s gospel – Max McLean

Mark – chapters 1-3

Mark – chapters 4-6

Mark – chapters 7-9

Mark – chapters 10-12

Mark – chapters 13-16

Mark’s gospel – David Suchet

Here’s Jesus last 24 hours from Mark’s Gospel by Tom Boomershine …

Simple one-man/woman dramatisations of Bible stories are effective, as the audience both see, hear and read the non-verbal nuanced facial expressions & cues of the storyteller.  Here’s some examples – Bible as Sound

Further reading:
Orality: Storytelling the gospel to oral learners & cultures, (Click here)

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by 林弟兄, bro Lim
March 20, 2015

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