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THL495 Mark in the Market Place (8)


This subject builds on the skills of exegetical exploration and theological reflection on biblical texts, as studied in THL481, and brings them into engagement with theoretical perspectives and practical strategies involved in the conduct of Christian theology in the public square. It pays particular attention to the Gospel according to Mark, reading it as a narrative of the ways in which Jesus engaged with public issues in his own time.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL481 and THL492

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Public Theology Master of Arts (Public Theology)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to discuss critically the social, historical and political contexts of Mark's Gospel;
- be able to analyse critically the distinctive literary features of Mark's Gospel;
- be able to demonstrate advanced critical and analytical skills in interpreting the biblical text;
- be able to identify and evaluate the "public" dimensions of the Markan narrative of how Jesus interacted within his contemporary context;
- be able to analyse critically the issues involved in developing a public theology which is engaged with the biblical text;
- be able to develop elements of a public theology appropriate for their own context.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. The formation of the Gospels; 2. The literary structure of Mark's Gospel; 3. The narrative pattern of Mark's Gospel; 4. Jesus and the Pharisees in Mark's Gospel; 5. Jesus in the Public Arena I (holiness); 6. Jesus in the Public Arena II (honour and shame); 7. The Trial of Jesus; 8. Mark's Gospel in the public life of the church; 9. Crucifixion and Discipleship in Mark's Gospel; 10. Gospel and Theology in the Public Arena; 11. The Kingdom of God in the Parables of Jesus; 12. Eschatological expectation in Mark's Gospel.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.