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The Gospel of Mark and Christian Origins

RELI 380
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
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 which 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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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