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: BN9397B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows 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 critically the frameworks for interpretation of the Johannine literature as well as some of the issues involved in current biblical scholarship


Evaluate critically the hermeneutical foundations of various approaches to Johannine literature.

Unit sequence

24 points NT Foundation unit or equivalent


Lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, online forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

2,500 word Seminar Paper

2500 35.0
Exegetical Essay

4,500 word Exegetical Essay

4500 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-16 13:38:19 +1000