This unit introduces students to the study of the New Testament through a detailed investigation of one of its books, the Gospel of Mark. Students will examine this Gospel’s structure, genre, themes, and socio-historical context, and will thereby develop foundational skills and knowledge for interpreting Mark’s Gospel and other New Testament books. The unit also provides an introduction to broader issues in New Testament study: how early Christians shared the good news of Jesus, both orally and by writing the books that were collected as the New Testament; the names and types of the books of the New Testament; features of some New Testament books beyond the Gospel of Mark; and how the Catholic Church understands the inspiration and canonicity of these biblical books today. (This unit may be offered in online or blended mode.)
Discuss the structure, genre, themes, and socio-historical context of the Gospel of Mark.
Critically interpret a passage from the Gospel of Mark, using appropriate methods and resources, and develop insights for the life of the Church today.
Summarise the types of books within the New Testament and provide an account of how they developed.
Describe how the Bible, particularly the New Testament, is regarded from a Catholic perspective.
Compare and evaluate ideas in scholarship on the Gospel of Mark.
Lectures, readings, analysis of biblical texts, and discussions
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 10:31:01 +1000