This unit provides a 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 the priority of Mark and the history of its interpretation. The unit will also explore questions of authorship, place and dating, and examine the community setting out of which the Gospel arose. It will explore the theological and spiritual themes which arise from the Gospel narrative.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Understand the history of interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, and the rise of belief in the priority of this Gospel.
- Interpret key aspects of the Gospel, including questions of authorship, dating and venue.
- Provide an 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 this Gospel communicates core Markan themes.
* recommended for purchase
* Byrne, B. A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Collegeville: Liturgical, 2008.
Carmody, T.R. The Gospel of Mark. New York: Paulist, 2010.
Healy, M. The Gospel of Mark. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
Hooker, M.D. & J.J. Vincent, The Drama of Mark. Peterborough: Epworth, 2009.
*Hooker, M.D. The Gospel According to Saint Mark. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1993.
* France, R.T. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
Levine, A.-J. & M. Blickenstaff (eds.), A Feminist Companion to Mark. Sheffield Academic Press, 2004.
Malbon, E. Struthers, Mark’s Jesus: Characterization as Narrative Christology. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009.
* Moloney, F.J. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2002.
Witherington, B. The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.