This unit provides a study of the Gospel of Mark. The focus is on the structure, narrative shape, characterization and other literary devices which make this Gospel unique. Attention will be paid to the priority of Mark and the history of its interpretation. The unit will also explore questions of authorship, place and dating, and examine the community setting out of which the Gospel arose. It will explore the theological and spiritual themes which arise from the Gospel narrative.
Outline the history of interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, and the rise of belief in the priority of this gospel.
Describe key aspects of the Gospel, including questions of authorship, dating and venue
Explain core theological themes of the Gospel, including its Christology, its understanding of discipleship, its apocalyptic focus, the role of women, and the emphasis on the cross and suffering.
Articulate the way this gospel communicates core Markan themes.
Prerequisite: Reading the New Testament
1,000 word essay
Online Forums (equivalent 1000 words)
1500 word essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-18 08:44:17 +1100