The Gospel of John is like a mountain peak in the New Testament. It stands apart from the Synoptic Gospels and from its summit you can survey vast tracks of biblical revelation. The Prologue to John puts the entire narrative in the context of the eternal, pre-existent Word who became flesh in Jesus and the Gospel focuses on Jesus and his messianic mission. With seven signs and seven ‘I am’ sayings, teaching about eternal life, and abundant symbolism and irony, the Fourth Gospel has much that is both edifying and intriguing. This unit explores the purpose, structure and content of John, along with its key themes, historical reliability and exegesis of key chapters. The unit will equip you to read John for all its worth.
|Workload||One semester, 12 credit points|
|Subject code||NT016 (English)
1. The critical issues in the Fourth Gospel, such as:
2. The theology of the Fourth Gospel, including such topics as:
3. Exegesis covers John 1–3, 5, 7, 12, 16, 19 (with special attention to John 1:1-18; 3:31-36; 5:16-30; 7:25-44; 12:37-50; 15:26-16:16; 19:28-37).
Advance preparation is expected for both theology and exegesis lectures.
Candidates may not take any unit in which they repeat material completed in another unit.
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to this unit. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory unit.