Greek dating and marriage customs

On it are five lines with nine good letters and one complete word — hardly a firm foundation upon which we can rest an early date for Mark.Those who argue for a later date say that Mark was able to include the prophecy about the destruction of the Temple because it had already happened.The inference that Mark’s community was suffering persecution is also sometimes used to argue for a Roman origin, but the connection isn’t necessary.


Mark's language contains a number of "Latinisms" — loanwords from Latin to Greek — which would suggest that he thinks in Latin terminology.

Some point to examples of same-sex interaction in Greek artwork as further evidence of its equal status within the society.

Individual, higher status, however, was of critical importance to free expression of love.

Supporters of early dating also need to make sufficient room between Mark and the writing of Matthew and Luke, both of which they also date early — as early as 80 or 85 CE.


Conservative scholars who favor an early date often rely heavily upon a fragment of papyrus from Qumran.

That question is not easily answered because it is complicated by societal and individual interpretations of standards. Unfortunately, the debate has often not been civil, and those who are the subject of the debate have suffered emotional and physical violence (and unequal protection) as their societies have struggled to answer the question.


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