Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

REL 201: Introduction to the New Testament: Module 2

A basic introduction to the literature and theology of the New Testament, including exposure to critical methods such as form and redaction criticisms.


At the conclusion of this module, students will be able to: 

  • Explain the likely historical factors contributing to the writing of Mark's Gospel. 
  • Describe the portrait of Jesus according to Mark's Gospel.
  • Explain the element of secrecy in Mark's Gospel. 



Action   Assignment Due no later than
Read Gospel of Mark
Chapter 6 in A Voyage Through the New Testament
Chapter 1 in Portraits of Jesus
Post Initial reply to discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Post Responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Submit Thematic Paper Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Thematic Paper

Students must complete a thematic paper that traces one of the biblical themes from the list below noting developments of that theme in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Include the continuity in the development of the theme as well as any changes in meaning. Note any areas of disputed understanding. This paper must be accompanied by an outline. See Doc Sharing for a list of source materials. Be sure to make use of those sources for your paper. The paper needs to be well-documented. Be certain to distinguish between paraphrase and quotation. This paper should be ebtween 1,500 and 2,000 words in length. Please use MLA format. Review additional instructions and helps in teh Thematic_Paper_Helps_for_REL201 document in Doc sharing. The thematic paper is worth 25% of the course grade and is due in Module 2. 

Word of God   Wisdom   Spirit   Covenant   Justice   Love   Fidelity   Mercy   Wrath   
Glory of God   Christ   Son of God   Lord   King   Priest   Prophet   Servant  
Son of Man   Shepherd   Elijah   Chosen People   Community   Kingdom of God   
Heart   Righteousness   Faith   Hope   Obedience   Redemption   Salvation
Resurrection   Jerusalem   Passover   Desert   Law   Death   Sin   Repentance   
Compassion   Poor of Yahweh (anawim)