Gospel of John (P/G)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN9110T (Class based) / BN9119T (Online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: Postgraduate Foundational 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:

  • outline John’s worldview against the backdrop of the intellectual climate of its time
  • analyse John’s literary and narrative techniques, and their relevance to the core symbols of the Gospel
  • exegete a passage from John’s Gospel using sophisticated critical methodology
  • articulate John’s unique theological perspective
  • analyse the concerns and context of the Johannine community
  • articulate implications of the study of John for the life, witness and mission of the church of today.
  • 2,500-word exegetical essay (40%)
  • 2,500-word thematic essay (45%)
  • 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.

Bauckham, R. The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History and Theology in the Gospel of John. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2007.

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

Carter, W. John and Empire: Initial Explorations. New York/London: T & T Clark, 2008.

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

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

Elowsky, J. John. 2 vols. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

* 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.

Lee, D.A. Hallowed in Truth and Love. Spirituality in the Johannine Literature. Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012.

* 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.