2nd semester: Monday evening                                                                         (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

The unit will commence with a brief study of the historical setting and literary forms of the New Testament writings, with special emphasis on the origin, literary character and theology of the Markan narrative. The methodology of biblical exegesis will be explained and illustrated in relation to the Gospel – and also in relation to the broader scope of the Synoptic Gospels.

PREREQUISITES: BA1000Y and BN1000Y

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. describe the types of literature and literary forms found in the Gospel of Mark
  2. analyse the geographic and historical background to the Gospel of Mark and discuss the social and political world in which it emerged
  3. identify the structure, content and key theological themes of the Gospel of Mark, the purpose for which it was written and its relationship to the other Synoptic Gospels
  4. demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the Gospel of Mark and the OT
  5. identify and utilise the materials that assist NT interpretation

Level 3:

1-2. see above

  1. identify the structure, content and key theological themes of the Gospel of Mark, the purpose for which it was written, the literary and narrative techniques that are used, and its relationship to the other Synoptic Gospels
  2. demonstrate awareness the relationship between the Gospel of Mark and the OT, and articulate implicit and explicit intertextual references
  3. identify and utilise the materials that assist NT interpretation

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: Two 1000 word exegetical essays (40%); one 2000 word research essay (60%)

Level 3: Two 1000 word exegetical essays (40%); one 2500 word research essay (60%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase. Choose one of these.

NRSV Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books (RSV is acceptable)

*Boring, M. Eugene. Mark: A Commentary. NTL. London: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

Byrne, Brendan. A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2008.

Donahue, John R., and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Mark. Sacra Pagina 2. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Dowd, Sharyn. Reading Mark: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Second Gospel. Macon, GA: Smith Helwys, 2000.

Flanagan, Patrick J. The Gospel of Mark Made Easy. Fairfield: Fairfield Press, 1996.

Malina, Bruce J., and Richard L. Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992.

Moloney, Francis J. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2012.

*Mullins, Michael. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary. Dublin: Columba, 2005.

Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament. Revised and updated 3rd ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.

Rhoads, David M., Joanna Dewey and Donald M. Michie. Mark as Story: Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1999.

 

Lecturer: GLENDA BOURKE SGS