Mark survived for two reasons

For my money (until someone comes along with a more persuasive suggestion), the early association of GMark with the Apostle Peter was likely at least one major factor.

via Why did the Gospel of Mark Survive? « Larry Hurtado’s Blog.

That is Larry Hurtado’s answer.

The second reason is that the early Christian community was super smart. Super. Just super. Which is why they kept the things associated with Peter.

Actually, I think Mark was preserved for that reason and almost that reason along, although I think Le Donne offers an interesting take.

If you’ve read my book, you will not that I think Papias was arguing for Mark’s inclusion but really didn’t care much for it. And why? Because it contains only some things from Peter. Some, as in a lot of that stuff is not from Peter.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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