This unit provides an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. The focus is on the structure, narrative shape, characterisation 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 form and shape of the Gospel narrative and make connections to the contemporary context.
Analyse and articulate the history of interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, the reasons for its comparative neglect in pre-Enlightenment thinking and the rise of belief in Markan priority
Critically interpret key aspects of the Gospel within its social and religious setting, including questions of authorship, dating and venue
Provide a critically informed account of the 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 ways in which narrative, plot, imagery, irony and characterisation communicate the core Markan themes.
Evaluate the various proposals for application of Mark’s Gospel to contemporary life
BN1000T/BN11009T Introduction to the New Testament
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2,500-word exegetical essay
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Online tutorial engagement across 6 forums (equivalent to 1,000 words)
2,500-word thematic essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 15:27:23 +1100