The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions. The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son. The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights. The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.
Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.
Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament. Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.
Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.
This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.