This unit offers a critical scholarly study of the theological, literary, and pastoral significance of The Gospel of John within its First-Century context. It will include a study of the emergence of Johannine Christianity and its relationship to Judaism following the destruction of Jerusalem, and the distinctive Johannine response to this event. Using narrative-critical methods the unit will follow the text of the Gospel, particularly in its structural and symbolic elements, in order to elucidate the particular theology of this Gospel.
Examine and explain the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
Evaluate information from the primary and secondary sources, particularly by using databases relevant to this subject and effectively to communicate it in both oral and written form
Identify the characteristics of narrative critical methods as distinct from historical critical methods
Write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating appropriate skills in biblical interpretation
Synthesize and explain the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to its first-century context
At least one foundational unit in Biblical Studies, preferably two units
Through questions and reading tasks I engage students with the biblical text using an enquiry method, supported by lectures.
Exegetical Essay 4500 words
(A taped oral exam will be an option to be used at the lecturer’s discretion when a student may be disadvantaged in written assessment such as a student with English as a second language.)
Exegesis 2500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-18 08:05:23 +1100