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The Gospel of Mark

Ended Nov 30, 2023

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Full course description

3-Week Course

featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham

Discover Mark’s vision of Jesus as the mysterious figure “the Son of Man,” misunderstood and rejected by all. Learn of this gospel’s direct and stark portrayal of the power revealed through suffering and crucifixion, and Mark’s call to professed believers: What will you do with your faith? Dr. Philip A. Cunningham and Fr. Michael Himes offer an overview of the gospel’s origins, features, and key insights. No previous experience in Scripture study is necessary.


Introductory Week:  Article and video: "The Writing of the Gospels"

Week 1: The Suffering Son of Man: Mark's Portrait of Jesus

Week 2: A Closer Reflection on Key Themes in Mark

Special Features

This course includes:

  • A guide for reading the Gospel of Mark by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham;
  • A study guide each week to help unpack the assignments;
  • A bonus article and video on "The Writing of the Gospels";
  • A video presentation by Fr. Michael J. Himes;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study; and
  • A Certificate of Active Participation for those who post at least three messages of substances for each week of content.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Although a Bible is available online, you may also wish to have a Bible available in hard copy.  For online Bibles, we recommend:

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars:

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham (text), professor of theology and religious studies, St. Joseph's University, and Rev. Michael Himes (video), priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, and professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department.

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