Johannine literature provides a rich repository of language and imagery for Christian theology that is centered on the loving relationship between God and humanity. In this unit, the Gospel of John and the letters of John are studied as both witnesses to the communities in which they were written and as works of literature. The contribution of Johannine literature to the development of Christian theology is explored through an engagement with multiple theological themes and contemporary interpretative lenses.

Unit code: BN9031Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: St Francis College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate the ability to discuss and analyse the authorship of John’s Gospel in detail, with reference to the wider Johannine corpus and its socio-historical contexts.


Demonstrate advanced skills in literary analysis, including narrative and perspective criticism.


Demonstrate advanced skills in using hermeneutical lenses to engage with and analyse the text.


Demonstrate the ability to communicate biblical and theological concepts clearly for a lay audience.

Unit sequence

The prerequisites for this unit are two foundational postgraduate units and at least one postgraduate elective.


This unit will incorporate a flipped learning approach prior to on-campus workshops that will combine direct instruction and collaborative learning approaches.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Coloe, Mary L. Dwelling in the Household of God: Johannine Ecclesiology and Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.

  • Conway, Colleen M. John and the Johannine Letters. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2017.

  • Thompson, Marianne M. The God of the Gospel of John. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Portfolio - Reading Portfolio

Responses to weekly passages or readings from the Johannine Corpus.

1500 10.0
Essay - Narrative Text Analysis

Short narrative critical essay

2000 30.0
Exegesis - Exegesis

An exegetical essay.

2000 30.0
Project Report or Project Journal - Practical Project

Pastoral toolkit project.

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 10:35:34 +1100