"The implicit reference: Mark's first audience was familiar with a book that started with archē (beginning)—Genesis, the first chapter of the Torah, in its Greek translation. Starting another book that way suggests a comparison between this story of a recently crucified teacher and the story of God's creation of the whole universe, the beginning of God’s sacred Work. History, creation itself, is beginning again. Can what follows possibly be that important?
William C. Placher, Mark: Belief, a Theological Commentary on the Bible, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw and William C. Placher (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2010),13.