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 in relation to the broader scope of the Synoptic Gospels.

Unit code: BN3018Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

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, the literary and narrative techniques that are used and its relationship to the other Synoptic Gospels


Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the Gospel of Mark and the OT, and articulate implicit and explicit intertextual references


Identify and utilise the materials that assist NT interpretation

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y


Lectures, tutorials and class discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • NRSV Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books* [RSV is acceptable]
  • Recommended: Moloney, Francis J. *A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave: Garratt, 2012.
  • Boring, M. Eugene. Mark A Commentary. NTL. London: Westminster John Knox, 2006.
  • Brown, Raymond E. Introduction to the New Testament. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1997.
  • Byrne, Brendan. A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2008.
  • Culpepper, R. Alan. Mark. Macon, GA: Smyth Helwys, 2007.
  • Donahue, John R., and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Mark. Sacra Pagina 2. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2002.
  • Dowd, Sharyn. Reading Mark: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Second Gospel. Macon, GA: Smith Helwys, 2000.
  • Flanagan, Patrick J. The Gospel of Mark Made Easy. Fairfield: Fairfield Press, 1996.
  • Malina, Bruce J., and Richard L. Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992.
  • Moloney, Francis J. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave, VIC: John Garratt Publishing, 2010..
  • Mullins, Michael. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary. Dublin: Columba, 2005.
  • Rhoads, David M., Joanna Dewey, and Donald M. Michie. Mark as Story: Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1999.
  • Throckmorton, Burton H. Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels. 5th ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

1000 20.0

2500 word research essay

2500 60.0
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

1000 20.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:29:32 +1100