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.

Unit Code: BN3013Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel


Demonstrate their ability to gather information from the primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject and effectively communicate it in both oral and written form


Write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating appropriate skills in biblical interpretation


Explain the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to its first-century Jewish context

Unit sequence

BA1020 and BN1020 plus 30 points of Biblical Studies at 2nd level


Through questions and reading tasks I engage students with the biblical text using an enquiry method, supported by lectures.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegesis 2000 words

2000 40.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 13:38:01 +1100