This unit engages at depth with the Gospel of John. The unit will explore the narrative and theology of John’s Gospel, with exegesis of a number of passages. It will provide a knowledge of: the Gospel’s literary structures and techniques, especially its symbolic framework and development; its theological themes, particularly glory, eternal life, eschatology, spirituality and the person and work of Jesus; the relationship of John’s Gospel to the Synoptic Gospels and their traditions; the possible concerns and setting of the Johannine community. Attention will also be given to the cultural values of the ancient world as they illuminate an understanding of the text in its own context. Students are encouraged to look at the Greek text, if able, or consult a variety of translations.

Unit code: BN3110T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Describe the literary structures and techniques of John’s Gospel, particularly its symbolic framework


Outline key theological themes of the Gospel, particularly in its understanding of the person and work of Jesus, the theme of glory, eternal life, discipleship, spirituality and eschatology


Exegete a passage from John in relation to its literary context in the Gospel


Analyse theories on the relationship between John’s Gospel and the Synoptic tradition


Describe the concerns and values of the ancient world, Jewish and Graeco-Roman, out of which John arises


Critically evaluate John’s theological contribution to the theology of the New Testament.

Unit sequence

1 x level 1 introductory unit in New Testament


Lectures, tutorials, discussions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

1,500 word exegetical essay

0 35.0

2,500 word thematic essay

0 50.0

Journal, equivalent of 1,000 words

0 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-04 09:22:15 +1100