This unit is designed to examine the Gospel of John, in order to: ·Understand the historical context in which it was written ·Appreciate its Jewish and Graeco-Roman cultural backgrounds ·Compare this Gospel with the witness of the Synoptic Gospels ·Deal with literary and socio-rhetorical questions that arise from exegesis of the text ·Gain an understanding of the theology and symbolism of the Gospel ·Explore connections between this writing and contemporary issues. It also gives an introduction to the Johannine Letters and sets out the relationship between the Gospel and the Letters. A range of methodologies is used, including narrative, historical, social scientific, liberationist and feminist criticisms. A detailed exegesis of particular passages will be undertaken. An optional Greek component is available by agreement.
Unit code: BN9743Z
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: New Testament
Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and TheologyShow when this unit is running
Critically analyse the historical, cultural and social contexts of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Letters and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret them
Discuss and compare the meaning and significance of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Letters demonstrating an advanced understanding of the literary structure, rhetorical features and key themes.
Critically apply and evaluate relevant exegetical methods and a variety of interpretations
Critically apply learnings of contemporary relevance from the Gospel of John and the Johannine Letters to 21st century missional and ministry contexts
Employ knowledge and skills developed in the unit to critique and develop resources suitable for selected ministry context(s)
A Level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry awards
Prerequisite Units: BN8741Z Interpreting the New Testament or equivalent
UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the original meanings of the text in their contexts and to interpret them hermeneutically.
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Summaries of assigned commentaries
Exegetical research task
A choice of topics relevant to the unit
Professional Practice Application
On passages from John’s Gospel
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 26 Oct, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-10-26 15:05:25 +1100