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

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1,500-word tutorial paper

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000-word exegetical essay

0 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

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