This unit offers a study of the Structure and Theology of the Gospel of St John in contrast to the Synoptic gospels. It pays attention to its literary structure, as well as its Christology and the unique themes that it contains, such as eternal life, discipleship, spirituality and eschatology. Special emphasis will be given to references to the Holy Sacraments.

Unit code: BN9700A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and theology of the Gospel of St John in contrast to the Synoptic gospels


Describe the different themes contained in St. John’s gospel


Identify distinctive theological approaches in terms of Christology and the sacraments in the Gospel of St. John.


Employ exegetical principles in exploring particular passages of the gospel of St. John.


Synthesise the unique theology of the Gospel of St. John in relation to its first-century context

Unit sequence

A New Testament Introduction unit


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, R.E. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1966.
  • Carson, D.A. The Gospel According to John. Leicester: Apollos, 1991. (recommended for purchase)
  • Chrysostom, J. Homilies on the Gospel of St. John. 2 vols. Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1848.
  • Edwards, M.J. John. Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Farley, L.R. The Gospel of John: Beholding the Glory. Ancient faith Publishing, 2006.
  • Keener, C.W. The Gospel of John. A Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003.
  • Köstenberger, A. J. John. Grand rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2004.
  • Lincoln, A. The Gospel According to St John. London: Continuum, 2005.
  • Morris, L. The Gospel According to John. Grand rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995.
  • Parsenios, G. Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif. Tübingen: Mohr Siebek, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 4000 words

4000 50.0

Exegetical Essay 2700 words

2700 35.0

Written Assessment Task – Reflection 1200 word equiv

1200 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-24 09:22:49 +1100