This unit provides an in depth study of Mark’s Gospel. It will focus on exegesis of key passages in this gospel and equip students with the ability to critically engage with primary and secondary sources. Particular attention will be given to narrative and literary critical methodologies and their value for gospel and Markan studies. In addition, this unit will ground Mark’s Gospel within various contexts. Consideration will be given to the contexts of Jewish and Greco-Roman history, culture, and worldviews in the first century CE. Particular attention will be paid to issues of gender, power, cosmology, ethnicity, christology, and soteriology.

Unit code: BN2030P

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the key content, structure and themes in Mark’s Gospel


Exegete a passage from Mark’s Gospel


Deploy an aspect of narrative critical methodologies in the interpretation of Mark’s Gospel


Show awareness and understanding of secondary sources in relation to aspects of Mark’s Gospel


Relate the Gospel of Mark to its historical, cultural, literary and theological contexts.

Unit sequence

One introductory unit in New Testament


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Janice Capel and Stephen Moore (eds). Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Boring, M. Eugene., Mark: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox. 2006.
  • Byrne, Brendan, A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Minnesota: Liturgical, 2008.
  • Collins, Adela Yarbro, Mark: A Commentary (Hermeneia) Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.
  • Donahue, John and Harrington, Daniel. J., The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina: Liturgical, 2005.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill (ed.) A Feminist Companion to Mark. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 2001.
  • Marcus, Joel, Mark (2 vols) New York: Doubleday, 2002, 2009
  • Moloney, Francis J., Mark, Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2004.
  • Struthers Malbon, Elizabeth, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 2000.
  • Throckmorton. B.H. Gospel Parallels. 5th Ed. (NRSV); Nashville TN; Nelson, 1992.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay - Exegesis of a passage from Mark 1500 45.0
Essay - Thematic Essay 2500 55.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 17 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-17 12:01:41 +1000