Elective Unit                                   (Min. No. 8)
1st semester Tuesday morning

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.

At least one foundational unit in Biblical Studies, preferably two units

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

  1. examine and explain the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
  2. evaluate information from the primary and secondary sources, particularly by using databases relevant to this subject 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 appropriate skills in biblical interpretation
  5. synthesise and explain the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to its first-century context
  6. support their arguments by using biblical dictionaries, lexicons and key Hebrew and Greek words.

2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 4000 word essay or 1 hour taped oral exam (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase

NRSV Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books [RSV is also acceptable]

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: A Study in Literary Design. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1983.

Koester, Craig R. Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2003.

———. The Word of Life: A Theology of John’s Gospel. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.

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. Black’s New Testament Commentaries, 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: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. Rev. and Expanded. New York: Crossroad, 2003.

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