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: BN9030P

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the relationship between the content, structure and themes in Mark’s Gospel


Critically exegete a passage from Mark’s Gospel


Employ a coherent narrative critical (or other chosen) methodology in the interpretation of Mark’s Gospel


Critically engage with a wide range of secondary sources in their exegetical and thematic study of Mark’s Gospel


Integrate the Gospel of Mark into its historical, cultural, literary and theological contexts


Initiate and sustain independent research into a single issue relating to the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark in its context

Unit sequence

At least 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.
  • France, R. T., The Gospel of Mark. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill (ed.) A Feminist Companion to Mark. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 2001.
  • Marcus, Joel, Mark 1-8: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 27; New York: Doubleday, 2000.
  • ---, Mark 8-16: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 27A; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
  • Moloney, Francis J., The Gospel of Mark. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2002.
  • Struthers Malbon, Elizabeth, Mark's Jesus: Characterization as Narrative Christology. Waco TX: Baylor University Press, 2009.
  • Struthers Malbon, Elizabeth, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 2000.
  • Watts Henderson, Suzanne, Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 135; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay - Exegesis of a passage from Mark 2500 40.0
Essay - Thematic Essay

Words 4500-5000

4500 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-17 12:03:23 +1000