This unit provides an in-depth and comprehensive 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 theories of composition and the priority of Mark in relation to the other Synoptic Gospels; the history of its interpretation in the pre- and post-Enlightenment periods; and the influence of the Old Testament, especially the Book of Daniel. The unit will explore different theories of authorship, place and dating, particularly in relation to the Jewish War. It will consider the social setting of the Markan community and the context of persecution in which it appears to be set. The unit 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.
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 post-Enlightenment theories of composition, including that of Markan priority.
Discuss different theories of the genre of Mark’s Gospel in relation to ancient biography and historiography.
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 way in which narrative, plot, imagery, irony and characterisation communicate the main Markan themes.
Evaluate the various proposals for application of Mark’s Gospel to contemporary life.
Foundation Unit in Field B
Online guided readings, tutorial forums
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3,000-word Exegetical essay
3,000-word Thematic essay
Forum Posts 1,000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 15:28:05 +1100