This unit will examine the content and structure of Johannine thought as a distinctive development within early Christianity, as reflected in the narratives in the Fourth Gospel, the Johannine Epistles and Revelation. A narrative approach will be used, which will be a gateway into considering different reading communities, ideological textures and modes of hermeneutical appropriation. Emphasis will also be given to contextualizing the theology of the Johannine literature for the Church today, including grounding in a sense of community and service within God’s love.

Unit Code: BN3797B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the major narrative devices and theological themes employed in the Johannine literature and their impact on the community of believers


Analyse the concerns and context of the Johannine community and the relationship of the Gospel to the rest of the Johannine literature.


Compare how the Johannine Epistles use theological themes in similar and different ways and for similar and different purposes from the rest of the Johannine literature.


Employ effective narrative critical tools to exegete specific texts in the Johannine literature.


Discuss the frameworks for interpretation of the Johannine Literature as well as some of the issues involved in current biblical scholarship

Unit sequence

45 pts Biblical Studies


Lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, online forums


Name Description Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

2,000 word Seminar Paper (online)

Exegetical Essay

2,500 word Exegetical Essay


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-06 09:26:57 +1100