Mark’s gospel

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Questions to answer:

  1. What stands out for you as you reflect on N.T. Wright’s and Robert Barron’s material on ‘belief in God’? Identify at least three of the most important ideas about ‘belief in God’ from Wright, and three from Barron. Discus whether you find these ideas to be plausible or implausible, intriguing, or not, and why you judge them as you do.
  2. If there were aspects of their discussions that made
    think about the topic in a new or unexpected way,
    please describe your reactions.

Module 4:
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  1. If you’ve never read a gospel, or it’s been a long time since you have read one, what was the experience like? Was it understandable than you expected?
  2. Many contemporary scripture scholars argue that Mark’s gospel in many ways is a radical challenge to the status quo of Mark’s Day (regarding matters of politics, religion, and society). Do you agree or disagree with these scholarly interpretations? How do some of Mark’s major themes (e.g., the Kingdom of God, the meaning of Messiah, the healing stories, attitudes toward political authority and violence, the mission of the Twelve) fit into your assessment? Be specific and cite examples in support of your assessment.
  3. How does the context in which Mark’s gospel was written (its time and place, the situation of Judaism, the Roman Empire, etc.) figure into your sense of how they were understood by their initial audiences?

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