the whole Gospel of Mark (out loud, if possible) in one sitting using The
Message translation." (If you have already read it using The Message,
use another translation or view the Ruge-Jones video.)
Confirm 'second' required book that you will read
Mark Text Choices - and Pericope Performances >> You will be choosing a
text in Mark as your focal text for the semester. This choice needs to be
finalized by Sept 16. I will say more in class, but I would recommend that
you look for a short pericope between 4 and 10 verses long.
- DUE 21 October: A
five minute maximum, in-class, oral report on the book you chose from the
recommended reading list. These will be scheduled throughout the semester. You
should also post a
concise review of the book on Amazon.com.
Pericope assignments and performance dates assigned.
PROJECT: Focus on the meta-narrative covering Mark Chapters 7-13 in comparison to Revised Common Lectionary to better understand the commonalities and differences to support the development of preaching
perspective/supplementary materials that could be used for presentation to congregations in preaching and or for
Bible study purposes.
Readings will be updated and selected from
Settle on Gettysburg Markan Lectionary for
Mark 8.27-13.8 over 10 Sundays
Choose your focus text from within Mark
Decide on format for project presentation:
poster, PPT, timeline, etc.
Reading Response Paper DUE
From the syllabus: "Read the whole Gospel of Mark (using NRSV or NET) from the perspective of both 1) a character in the Gospel and 2) a modern, social location. Following this reading, each student will write a 2-3 page paper (one inch margins, double-spaced, 12 point font) reflecting on the reading experience."
Focal text: Mark14.3x9notes
(<Note change since we are no longer looking at ch 7)
Friday, October 21
Book Review Report DUE
From the syllabus: "A 5-8 minute, in-class, oral report on the book you chose from the recommended reading list. Additional time will be give for discussion. These oral reports will be scheduled throughout the semester. Students will also post a concise review of the book on
Send me a link to the Amazon book/review.
PROJECT WORK from last time:
Settle on Gettysburg Markan Lectionary for
Mark 8.27-13.8 over 10/11 Sundays
To be clear... We are still working on our
'graph' of Mark. What are the best ways to indicate relationships between
the various sections that contribute to a better overview and understanding
of the meta-narrative of Mark?
You should be working on your particular
pericope including your final paper, poster, and performance.
I have identified (cf. Dec 16) some rubrics you should be considering.
Work through the translation notes. We are
going to use this text in class and try to outline what would be
included in a paper (such as you will be writing), a PPT poster (such as
you will be creating), and a performance (such as you will be doing)
We decided that this paper should be only as
long as it needs to be.
I am expecting that you will have worked
closely with the Greek text. I would most like to see your own
translation, but you may also choose to work with an existing version
(e.g., NRSV, NET, NIV, etc.) and provide a commentary on where you think
it is successful or not.
I am especially interested in hearing about
the narrative aspects you have identified that help locate your pericope
within the larger meta-narrative of Mark.
You should include some brief commentary on
which OT passage you associated as a complementary text to your
You should explain your considerations
behind the decisions you made in constructing your poster and
determining how you would 'perform' the text.
Poster due - Please email me your PPT
slide before class. Thanks.
I have thought about our 'posters' a bit
more and have made some small changes to Jenny's initial ppt template. I
suggest that we use this one
instead. (I have chosen a font that will show up better at small sizes.
I have lightened the background so we don't have to fight as much w/ low
contrast issues. I have proposed a 4-color font scheme--dark gold, deep
red, black, and white--that should provide variety and consistency.
Rick, you see any problems?)
guidelines for creating your poster (but use our template instead of
theirs, of course)
Note: You are only creating ONE slide
for your particular pericope
Note that this is not like creating your
usual ppt. Font sizes will be between 5 to 12 points! You will need
to use the zoom feature in PPT to see what you are doing!
We should have some consistency in look
(based on the PPT template), but it is totally up to you to figure
out the best way to present your text. In part, we want to see what
each person comes up with and judge how successful it is. What this
means is that you can choose to include whatever you want: text,
text boxes, graphics, photos, timelines, diagrams, etc.
Pericope 'performance' - The poster is
the main part of your performance, but your performance also includes:
A presentation of your text: One excellent
way I would love to see is if you performed the text from memory using
your own translation. Alternatively, you may simply read a translation
(your own, an existing version, or your adaptations of an existing
version), but consider the most effective ways of reading it so that you
appropriately engage the audience. Keep in mind the comments on
Translation and Performance
from September 16.
A discussion of your poster: Explain why you
chose to do what you did