Valdez, Erbey. On the Shores of Perga: How John Mark’s Departure from the First Pauline Missionary Journey Changed the Gentile World. Westbow Press, 2020
In approximately AD 48, the Apostle Paul, his coworker Barnabas, and Barnabas’ cousin, John Mark, boarded a ship at Seleucia and headed for Cyprus to initiate what is now known as the first Pauline missionary journey. It was during this mission that an unexpected setback occurred. Mark left Paul and Barnabas shortly after their arrival at Perga in Pamphylia and returned to Jerusalem. Throughout church history, this incident in the Book of Acts has often been overlooked or dismissed as either a mysterious or insignificant event to the story of the nascent church. But what if Luke intended for Mark’s departure to mean much more to his narrative? On the Shores of Perga explores the literary and historical background behind this epic journey and discovers that Luke may not have remained completely silent on this event. Erbey Valdez follows the life and ministry of John Mark, unlocking the textual elements of Luke’s narrative in order to shed light on the issues and challenges facing the emerging NT church. It examines the mysterious and profound event on the shores of Perga, where John Mark left Paul and Barnabas and returned to Jerusalem, and asks, Did Luke intend for Mark’s departure to serve as the catalyst for the Jewish-Gentile controversy that was about to unfold? On the Shores of Perga challenges Christians to rethink the story of Acts and rediscover one of the Bible’s great leaders in John Mark.
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