Streaking in the Bible? – Mark 14:27-53

From my reading in Mark 14:27-53 in the One Year New Testament.

This is one of those verses in the Bible that shows the awkward humanity of those who followed Jesus.

“One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.” Mark 14:51–52

It is hypothesized that this “young man” was Mark himself because why else would Mark include these weird couple of verses. Walford and Zuck write in the Bible Knowledge Commentary,

“This unusual episode, unique to Mark, supplements verse 50 emphasizing the fact that all fled, leaving Jesus completely forsaken. Most interpreters believe that this young man (neaniskos, a person in the prime of life, between 24 and 40 years of age) was Mark himself.”

Even if the young man was not Mark, these verses show detail about an event that if it was not true would no have been included.

It is stories like these that give the Bible interesting details and additional authenticity. 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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