1st semester Tuesday mornings                                                                       (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

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.

 

PREREQUISITES

Level 2: BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent

Level 3: BA1000Y and BN1000Y plus two units of Biblical Studies at level two

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. describe the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
  2. gather information from the primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject and effectively communicate it in both oral and written form
  3. identify the characteristics of narrative critical methods
  4. write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating appropriate skills in biblical interpretation
  5. explain the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to its first-century context.

Level 3:

  1. research and discuss the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
  2. appraise information from the primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject, particularly through the use of databases, and effectively communicate it in both oral and written form
  3. identify the characteristics of narrative critical methods as distinct from historical critical methods
  4. write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating advanced skills in biblical interpretation
  5. evaluate the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to the pastoral needs of its first-century context

 

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 3000 word essay or 45 minute taped oral exam (60%)   Level 3: 2500 word exegetical paper (40%); 3500 word essay or 45 minute taped oral exam (60%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY   * = set texts recommended for purchase

Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the Gospel of John: Edited, Updated, and Concluded by Francis J. Moloney. New York: Doubleday, 2003

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

Culpepper, R. Alan. Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1983.

Koester, Craig R. Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2003.

Lee, Dorothy. Flesh and Glory: Symbolism, Gender and Theology in the Gospel of John. New York: Crossroad, 2002.

Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel according to Saint John. BNTC 4 London: Continuum, 2005.

*Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of John.  Sacra Pagina 4. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.

Schneiders, Sandra M. Written that You May Believe. New York: Crossroad, 2003.

Yee, G. A. Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John. Wilmington, DE: M. Glazier, 1989.

 

Lecturer:   MARY COLOE PBVM