Continuous assessment: 40% End of Semester examination: 60%
To read and interpret the Gospel of Mark in ways that permit appreciation of its essential narrative and theological character, and that enhance sensitivity to the cultural contexts of its origins, and those of its contemporary readers and hearers.
Reading the gospels as narratives: plot, character, time, viewpoints, contexts
Mark’s portrait of Jesus: humble Lord or abandoned son?
God and “his things:” the cross, powerlessness, faithfulness, and Kingdom
Caesar and his “his things:” honour, oppression, brutality, and Empire
Master of Surprise: the women in Mark as parables of Jesus
Beyond Fear: the Gospel of Mark as a narrative of risen Lord
Reading Mark Today: vision and hope for those on the margins of harsh and alienating societies
- — be able to distinguish the narrative, theological, historical, and cultural dimensions of the Gospel of Mark, and their inter-related interpretative import;
- — be familiar with narrative, literary, and contextual approaches to textual interpretation, their parameters and values;
- — be capable critically to discuss the essential narrative character of the Gospel of Mark, its theology of God, its Christology, and its eschatology;
- — will be able to conduct a narrative and theological analysis of certain key texts from the Second Gospel.