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: BN2030P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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


Critically 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 at either Level 1 or 2


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay 1500 50.0

Thematic Essay (2500 words)

2500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-19 12:54:07 +1100