Gospel of John (2)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN2110T (Class based) / BN2119T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (2)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: One introductory (Level 1) unit in New Testament
Content: This unit engages at depth with the Gospel of John. The unit will explore the narrative and theology of John’s Gospel, with exegesis of a number of passages. It will provide a knowledge of: the Gospel’s literary structures and techniques, especially its symbolic framework and development; its theological themes, particularly glory, eternal life, eschatology, spirituality, and the person and work of Jesus; the relationship of John’s Gospel to the Synoptic Gospels and their traditions; and the possible concerns and setting of the Johannine community. Attention will also be given to the cultural values of the ancient world as they illuminate an understanding of the text in its own context. Students are encouraged to look at the Greek text, if able, or consult a variety of translations.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • describe the literary structures and techniques of John’s Gospel, particularly its symbolic framework
  • outline key theological themes of the Gospel, particularly in its understanding of the person and work of Jesus, the theme of glory, eternal life, discipleship, spirituality and eschatology
  • exegete a passage from John in relation to its literary context in the Gospel
  • analyse theories on the relationship between John’s Gospel and the Synoptic tradition
  • describe the concerns and values of the ancient world, Jewish and Graeco-Roman, out of which John arises.
  • 1,500-word exegetical essay (35%)
  • 2,000-word thematic essay (50%)
  • Journal (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online), equivalent to 1,000 words (15%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Barrett, C.K. The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. 2nd ed. London: SPCK, 1978.

Brown, R.E. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1966.

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

Edwards, M.J. John. Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

* Keener, C.W. The Gospel of John. A Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003.

Lee, D.A. ‘The Gospel of John’ in The New Interpreter's Bible: One-Volume Commentary, ed. Beverly R. Gaventa & David Peterson, 709-734. Nashville TN: Abingdon, 2010.

Lee, D.A. Flesh and Glory: Symbol, Gender and Theology in the Gospel of John. New York: Crossroad, 2002.

* Lincoln, A. The Gospel According to St John. London: Continuum, 2005.

* Moloney, F.J. The Gospel of John. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.

Schnackenburg, R. The Gospel According to St John. 3 vols. Vols. 1 & 2. London: Burns & Oates, 1966–1982.

Witherington, B. John’s Wisdom. A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 1995.