This unit explores the Gospel of Mark, situating it in its sociological and cultural context and in relation to the other synoptic gospels. Students will employ exegetical methods to elucidate significant themes in the Gospel and their meaning for the original audience. By reflecting theologically on the narrative’s portrayal of Jesus and the disciples, they will draw insights for today.

Unit code: BN2140C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Describe scenarios for the context of the Gospel of Mark, informed by current scholarship


Demonstrate the distinctiveness of the Gospel of Mark in comparison to the other synoptic gospels


Undertake basic exegesis of passages from the Gospel of Mark using appropriate methods.


Articulate key theological themes of the Gospel of Mark and their relevance to the life of the church today.

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent


Each 3-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on biblical passages and/or secondary readings.

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.
  • Donahue, John and Harrington, Daniel. J., The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina: Liturgical, 2005.
  • Hooker, Morna D., The Gospel According to St Mark. London: A & C Black, 1991.
  • Malbon, Elizabeth Struthers. Hearing Mark: A Listener’s Guide. Harrisburg: Trinity, 2002
  • Moloney, Francis J., The Gospel of Mark. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2002.
  • Rhoads, David, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012.
  • Telford, W. R. The Theology of the Gospel of Mark. New Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. (EBook available.)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,500-word tutorial paper

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000-word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-25 14:59:29 +1100