1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
THEO8204 - Interpreting the New Testament GE
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO3212, THEO3218 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Oral
Topic description

This topic provides foundational knowledge of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles. Students will utilise a range of methodologies, including narrative, historical, social scientific, and feminist criticisms to examine a range of texts and analyse critically the theological implications in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Students will consolidate knowledge and skills in the exegesis of biblical texts.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Evaluate the historical and cultural contexts in which the Johannine literature was written
  • Analyse the Johannine literature in relation to the synoptic gospels
  • Examine theoretical issues related to literary and socio-rhetorical questions that arise from exegesis of the texts
  • Explore connections between these writings and contemporary issues
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex theoretical and theological concepts relating to the Johannine corpus, to a variety of audiences
  2. Demonstrate the significance of symbolism in the Gospel of John and comparable ancient texts
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse critically a range of issues and struggles that impacted upon the Johannine community and its development
  4. Demonstrate exegetical skills in interpreting Johannine texts
  5. Demonstrate research skills of identifying, accessing and analysing relevant primary and secondary sources
  6. Demonstrate hermeneutical sensitivity to the implications of the study of Johannine writings