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A Comparison between Matthew and Mark While both books of Mark and Matthew portray Peter as one of the most important followers of Jesus Mark seems to emphasize Jesus spiritual career unlike the broad more in-depth pursuit of Jesus life that Matthew embellishes on As both Jesus student and friend Peter is the one disciple most commonly referred to in the stories Yet the two passages seem to draw different pictures of Jesus distinguished disciple In Matthew Peter seems to play a larger role in Jesus teachings and seems more significant to Jesus throughout the book In Mark he is still important but to a lesser extent in the eyes of the author Mark leaves Peter out of a few of the stories altogether and only touches on Peters importance to Jesus towards the very end Each difference in the stories connected to Peter gives a slightly altered account of his personality and role Peter is introduced as one of Jesus first followers in both Matthew 418 and Mark 116 Both passages seem to recount Jesus speech word-for-word He merely said to Simon aka Peter and his brother Follow me and I will make you fish for the peopleMatthew 419 Mark 117 Their reaction is described in a simple phrase And immediately they left their nets and followed him420 118 This story presents Peter and his brother as incredibly devoted to their leader from the first few moments Whether their lives as fishermen were prosperous or not to simply abandon everything for one stranger is risky and takes faith The storys important message about Jesus strength as a leader and his followers devotion entices both authors to include it among their lessons Yet Matthews next significant mention of Peter is a story that Mark fails to develop The story of Jesus walking on water appears in both accounts Matthew 1422-1433 and Mark 647-652 Yet only in Matthew does Peter
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