Teaching Mark through a postcolonial optic

Punt, Jeremy (2015)

CITATION: Punt, J. 2015. Teaching Mark through a postcolonial optic. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(1):1-9, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i1.2970.

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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

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This contribution explores the potential value of a postcolonial approach for teaching Mark’s gospel. Investigating a number of texts from the gospel, it asks to what extent a postcolonial optic implies a different approach to the gospel, what it adds and where challenges exist. Teaching with a postcolonial optic entails framing the gospel in its 1st-century imperial context and focusing on the ambivalence and ambiguity of imperial rule, investigating texts with attention to hybridity and mimicry in particular. Teaching the Gospel of Mark through a postcolonial optic opens up new possibilities for interpretation and contextualisation, but at the same time poses certain challenges, pedagogically and otherwise.

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