1. Structure and outline

The focus of Mark 8:11–21

Mark 8:11–21 (ESV)

11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.

The concluding section of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee focuses on the Pharisees (Mark 8:11–13) and the disciples (Mark 8:14–21). After Jesus spent a considerable amount of time in Galilee, it is clear that both the Pharisees and the disciples have failed to fully understand who he is. They have much more to learn about him and what he came to do.1 The disciples will have that opportunity as they accompany Jesus on the road to Jerusalem (Mark 8:22–10:52).