This unit provides an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. The focus is on the structure, narrative shape, characterisation and other literary devices which make this Gospel unique. Attention will be paid to the priority of Mark and the history of its interpretation. The unit will also explore questions of authorship, place and dating, and examine the community setting out of which the Gospel arose. It will explore the theological and spiritual themes which arise from the form and shape of the Gospel narrative and make connections to the contemporary context.
Unit Code: BN2600T
Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2
Unit Discipline: New Testament
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Analyse and articulate the history of interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, the reasons for its comparative neglect in pre-Enlightenment thinking and the rise of belief in Markan priority
Critically interpret key aspects of the Gospel within its social and religious setting, including questions of authorship, dating and venue.
Provide a critically informed account of the core theological themes of the Gospel, including its Christology, its understanding of discipleship, its apocalyptic focus, the role of women, and the emphasis on the cross and suffering.
Articulate the ways in which narrative, plot, imagery, irony and characterisation communicate the core Markan themes.
BN1000T/BN11009T Introduction to the New Testament
2,000-word exegetical essay
2,000-word thematic essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 12:50:08 +1100