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: BN9140C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critique 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 Gospels of Matthew and Luke and evaluate hypotheses to account for this distinctiveness.


Create well-structured arguments from analytical examination of passages in the Gospel of Mark using detailed exegesis and applying appropriate methods.


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


Communicate deliberated conclusions from research into scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Gospel of Mark.


Produce critical biblical research in the Gospel of Mark.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C 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 (%)

Option 1: 1,000-word Report (essay plan and bibliography) 10% Week 6 outcome 6 6,000-word essay 90% Week 14 outcomes 1-6

or Option 2: 2,000-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 2500-word exegetical essay 40% Week 10 outcomes 1-6 2,500-word essay 40% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

or Option 3: 2,500-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 4,500-word essay 80% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 14:47:01 +1000