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; and 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: BN9110T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline John’s worldview against the backdrop of the intellectual climate of its time


Analyse John’s literary and narrative techniques, and their relevance to the core symbols of the Gospel


Exegete a passage from John’s Gospel using sophisticated critical methodology


Articulate John’s unique theological perspective


Analyse the concerns and context of the Johannine community


Articulate implications of the study of John for the life, witness and mission of the church of today.

Unit sequence

30 points of Biblical Studies


Lectures, tutorials, discussions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,500 word thematic essay

0 45.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500 word exegetical essay

0 40.0

Class participation

0 15.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-08 11:57:01 +1100