The Gospel of Mark


Dr Rosemary Canavan
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.


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


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


  • one 1,000-word report (essay plan with bibliography) 10%
  • one 6,000-word essay 90%
  • one 2,000-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 4,500-word essay 80%


  • Anderson, Janet C., and Stephen D. Moore, eds. Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992.
  • 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, et al., eds. A Comparative Handbook to the Gospel of Mark: Comparisons with Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran Sc[h]rolls, and Rabbinic Literature. The New Testament Gospels in their Judaic Contexts 1. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
  • Goodacre, Mark. The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem. Harrisburg: Trinity, 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 M., Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
  • Skinner, Christopher W., and Matthew R. Hauge, eds. Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Telford, William R. The Theology of the Gospel of Mark. New Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.