The Gospel of Mark and Christian Origins|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
Borges has written that "the generations of men, throughout recorded time, have always told and retold two stories--that of a lost ship that searches the Mediterranean Sea for a dearly beloved island and that of a god who is crucified on Golgotha." This seminar will examine the fateful construction of an epic hero myth of Christian origins by tracing the social history and patterns of sectarian formation coursing through and under the Gospel of Mark. Through a close reading of Mark's parables and controversies, aphorisms and anecdotes, miracle stories and passion narratives, analyzed contextually with contemporaneous Jewish, Greek, Roman, and Christian literature, the Gospel will be exposed as an apologetic rationalization of a specific apocalyptic mythology.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Aland, K., SYNOPSIS OF THE FOUR GOSPELS
Mack, B., A MYTH OF INNOCENCE
THE OXFORD ANNOTATED BIBLE WITH THE APOCRYPHA
and numerous articles
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One major paper (10-15 pages), and 3 short papers (3-4 pages each).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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