Further, the Greek text of Mark is a reconstruction that scholars put together by viewing many different manuscripts of the Gospel, as well as the writings of scholars and commentators of antiquity, and evolving criteria to determine which reading is best.In other words, the Greek text of the Gospel of Mark is not found in any single manuscript from antiquity, and some of its readings still divide scholars.Additional support for this may be derived from the focus on plundered and destroyed Temples in the Old Testament hypertexts the writer incorporated into the Gospel.
The other canonical gospel writers all incorporated the Gospel of Mark into their own works, giving it tremendous influence over the subsequent history of the West, and later, of the world.
Not until the development of modern critical New Testament scholarship was the importance of Mark recognized.
The text of the Gospel of Mark is not impressive on its face.
It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Christ. But afterwards, as I said, he accompanied Peter, who accommodated his instructions to the necessities [of his hearers], but with no intention of giving a regular narrative of the Lord's sayings.
Wherefore Mark made no mistake in thus writing some things as he remembered them.