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: BN3140C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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


Analyse the distinctiveness of the Gospel of Mark in comparison to the other synoptic gospels.


Critically examine passages from the Gospel of Mark using detailed exegesis and applying appropriate methods.


Reflect theologically on key themes in the Gospel of Mark, elucidating their contemporary insights for society and the church today.


Investigate and articulate scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Gospel of Mark.

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


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

2,500-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: 2019-03-04 11:20:10 +1100