The unit will commence with a brief study of the historical setting and literary forms of the New Testament writings, with special emphasis on the origin, literary character and theology of the Markan narrative. The methodology of biblical exegesis will be explained and illustrated in relation to the Gospel – and also in relation to the broader scope of the Synoptic Gospels.

Unit code: BN2018Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Describe the types of literature and literary forms found in the Gospel of Mark


Analyse the geographic and historical background to the Gospel of Mark and discuss The social and political world in which it emerged


Identify the structure, content and key theological themes of the Gospel of Mark, the Purpose for which it was written and its relationship to the other Synoptic Gospels


Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the Gospel of Mark and the OT


Identify and utilise the materials that assist NT interpretation

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y


Lectures, tutorials and class discussions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

1000 20.0
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

1000 20.0

2000 word research essay

2000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Aug, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-15 12:13:49 +1100