This unit provides an extended 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 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 Common Era. Particular attention will be paid to issues of cosmology and gender, other canonical gospels and related non-canonical texts, the context of early church christology and soteriology.

Unit Code: BN9039P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

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 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

One introductory unit in New Testaments, Seminars, Tutorials


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (6000 words)

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 08:12:25 +1100