However, commenting on the message of The Gospel of Mark, R.T. France gives wisdom that only a man, as he was by the end of his life and at the time of the writing of this commentary, could give. He says,
Of course, France does not take away from Mark's literary abilities (he makes that quite clear earlier in the commentary), he simply says that "personal concerns" and "circumstances of the church" would have guided Mark's pen. That is, what was said about Jesus was not without context. The aim, thus, could probably be said to be to inform a Christian "what it meant to be [a follower of Jesus] and to inspire others to play their proper part in the movement he founded." (23) But this is not always what scholarly debate is looking for.
It is in any case questionable whether it is realistic to expect to uncover so specific a purpose underlying the writing of a gospel. Few books, especially narrative books as contrasted, for example, with a Pauline letter, are written with so restricted an aim. (23)
To keep it brief, these principles are enlightening also when approaching other writings of Scripture, even the Pauline ones, that, for me, are not as clearly unified in aim as they are for France.