Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

INT002 The Gospel of Mark is distinctive within the New testament. It may be the oldest Gospel, but it post-dates some of Paul’s letters, from which we already have a good picture of the preaching of Peter and Paul. Mark paints Jesus in down to earth human form, willing to change his mind, vulnerable to the opinions of others, and especially those of the ones who opposed him.

ECTS Credits: 6

Professor: Adrian Judd

Course objectives : 

Alongside reading course materials, you will be given activities to do which will make you think about Mark’s Gospel and the Good News of Jesus Christ. You will focus on the primary text of Mark’s Gospel and build up your own understanding of what it means, based on a toolkit of tools with which you can study any Biblical text. 

Study procedure : 

Read through the activities and respond to the questions one at a time, forming your own opinion based on the work that you do. The activities do not look for right answers, but the right method, and for you to apply critical thinking to the texts and to learn to justify your opinions and to evaluate the opinions of others. In addition to this there are excerpts from books to read. This reading will prepare you for the assignment in which you will demonstrate your understanding of Mark’s Gospel.

You are encouraged to keep a learning journal in which you write down your reflections about the course activities. 

In this course you will read the Gospel of Mark and observe what is apparent through that surface reading. The good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed by Mark, and the nature of the suffering Messiah is discovered.