1. Content This unit provides a thorough study of Mark’s Gospel, including its theological and literary character, its wider Jewish and Greco-Roman context and connections, and an overview of recent trends in Markan studies. A range of exegetical tools will be used to explore interpretive approaches to the Gospel of Mark, with particular emphasis on the way in which an understanding of community, mission and ethics is revealed in the narrative.

Unit Code: BN9001W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Give an informed and critical account of the history of interpretation of Mark’s Gospel;


Describe and discuss plausible socio-political and literary contexts in which the Gospel first circulated


Identify and describe distinctive Markan Christological, ecclesiological, pneumatological, missiological and eschatological themes and understandings;


Exegete the Markan text by employing a range of appropriate exegetical methods and resources;


Discuss the interpretation and proclamation of Mark’s Gospel in meaningful ways for today’s world;


Engage critically with the scholarly literature on the relationship between the oral traditions and the Synoptic Gospels.

Unit sequence

Foundation unit in NT (BN8001W or equivalent)


lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

1,500 word critical review of readings

0 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

1,500 word thematic seminar paper

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

3,000 word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-07 08:19:46 +1100