This unit will explore the content, literary character, theology and setting of the Gospel of John. Students will be introduced to both traditional interpretations and contemporary insights. They will study selected major passages in detail, bearing in mind the Gospel’s literary structure and its theological concerns. Particular attention will be devoted to those Johannine passages that play a key role in the lectionaries of the various Christian Churches.

Unit Code: BN3180C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate close familiarity with the text, structure, and major theological ideas of the Gospel of John.


Discuss the social, historical, and religious context in which the Gospel of John was written.


Undertake detailed exegesis of passages from the Gospel of John, using the historical-critical method.


Reflect theologically on key themes of the Gospel of John, elucidating their insights for today.


Compare recent scholarly analyses of topics in the Gospel of John.

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Each 3-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on biblical passages and/or secondary readings.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,500-word report

0 30.0

2,500-word essay

0 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 12:13:54 +1100