HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
PUNT, Jeremy. Teaching Mark through a postcolonial optic. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.1, pp.01-09. ISSN 2072-8050. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/HTS.V71I1.2970.
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.