Gospel according to John

This postgraduate unit  builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in the pre-requisite units. It examines the historical context, literary forms and theological content of the Gospel according to John and their application to Christian worship, teaching and spirituality. It examines, amongst other things, the distinctive literary style, imagery and narrative features and key theological themes of the fourth gospel. Students also undertake exegesis of selected passages.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



Prerequisite: 18 credit points in Biblical Studies Exclusion: not to be taken with B7368 Johannine Literature.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. describe the historical, cultural and religious background of the Johannine community
  2. identify the principal literary forms in the Fourth Gospel and show how they communicate their theological content
  3. exegete selected passages from the Fourth Gospel
  4. access and use significant secondary literature for the critical study of the Fourth Gospel
  5. apply insights gained from the Johannine Gospel to contemporary Christian worship, teaching and spirituality
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