Details for Mark’s Gospel

Recent scholarship has come to appreciate the power and rich subtlety of Mark’s deceptively straightforward and oft-neglected account of Jesus. The rehabilitation of Jesus’ long-ignored Jewishness has contributed to this renaissance, paving the way for a new understanding of Mark’s themes, structure, coherence, and remarkably high Christology. Deepen your understanding of Mark’s gospel and its relevance today through this careful exegetical study.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB257
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rikk Watts


The following courses are prerequisites or co-requisites:

Awards offering Mark’s Gospel

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine the exegetical issues related to Markan Scholarship; 
  2. Demonstrate Mark’s purpose in writing his gospel account and its intended audience; 
  3. Explain or Illustrate a  theme featured in Mark;
  4. Analyse a theological component emerging from Mark;
  5. Apply principles and insights derived from the study of Mark’s gospel for contemporary life and culture.

Subject Content

  • Introduction; History of Markan Scholarship; 1:1-15 The Prologue
  • 1:16-45 Into Galilee: Mighty Words and Mighty Deeds
  • 2:1-3:6 Emerging Local Opposition: Questions about Jesus’ Authority and Holiness
  • 3:7-4:34 The Lord in Strength
  • 4:35-5:43 Four “Parables” of Mighty Deeds; 6:1-56 Prophets without honour … and more than a Prophet
  • 7:1-8:21 True Holiness and the Inclusion of the Nations
  • 8:22-10:52 The New Exodus Way of the Crucified Son of Man
  • 11:1-15:47 Jerusalem: A New Temple, a New Covenant, and a New Passover
  • 16:1-8 Jesus has Risen

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face (onsite)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Proposal Outline (10%)
  • Major Assessment (75%)
  • Personal Reflection (15%)

Prescribed Text

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