Barnabas wanted to take John Mark (Acts 15:37)

“Barnabas wanted

To take with them

John called Mark”

Βαρνάβας δὲ ἐβούλετο συνπαραλαβεῖν καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην τὸν καλούμενον Μάρκον·

The author of Acts indicated that Barnabas (Βαρνάβας) wanted (δὲ ἐβούλετο) to take with them (συνπαραλαβεῖν) John called Mark (καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην τὸν καλούμενον Μάρκον).  Earlier in chapter 12:25, Barnabas and Paul brought him with them as a companion (συνπαραλαβόντες) John (Ἰωάνην) whose other name was Mark (τὸν ἐπικληθέντα Μάρκον).  They picked up this new traveling companion that was introduced earlier in chapter 12:12.  Peter had been to the house of John Mark’s mother after his escape from prison, so that John Mark may have been a disciple companion of Peter as mentioned in I Peter, chapter 5:13.  Traditionally, this John Mark was usually considered the author of the Gospel of Mark.  He had both a Jewish (John) and Greek name (Mark), a lot like Simon Peter.  John Mark was related to Barnabas as a cousin, as Paul indicated in the letter to the Colossians, chapter 4:10, “as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.”  Probably, this may have been the reason that Barnabas wanted to take him along again.  Do you like to travel with relatives?

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