The Gospel of Mark



This unit explores the Gospel of Mark, situating it in its sociological and cultural context and in relation to the other synoptic gospels. Students will employ exegetical methods to elucidate significant themes in the Gospel and their meaning for the original audience. By reflecting theologically on the narrative’s portrayal of Jesus and the disciples, they will draw insights for today.


  • second level: BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level: two Biblical Studies units at second level


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,000-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%
third level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20% 


  • Anderson, Janet C., and Stephen D. Moore, eds. Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
  • Boring, M. Eugene. Mark: A Commentary. The New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.
  • Byrne, Brendan. A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2008.
  • Chilton, Bruce, Darrell Bock, Daniel Gurtner, Jacob Neusner, and Lawrence Schiffman, eds. A Comparative Handbook to the Gospel of Mark: Comparisons with Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran Scrolls, and Rabbinic Literature. The New Testament Gospels in their Judaic Contexts 1. Leiden: Brill, 2010. 
  • Donahue, John R., and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Mark. Sacra Pagina 2. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • Hooker, Morna. Not Ashamed of the Gospel: New Testament Interpretations of the Death of Christ. The Disbury Lectures, 1988. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Malbon, Elisabeth S. Hearing Mark: A Listener’s Guide. Harrisburg: Trinity, 2002.
  • Moloney, Francis J. Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2004.
  • Rhoads, David, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012.
  • Telford, William R. The Theology of the Gospel of Mark. New Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.