Unit Code & NameBN3797B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives
DescriptionThis unit will examine the content and structure of Johannine thought as a distinctive development within early Christianity, as reflected in the narratives in the Fourth Gospel, the Johannine Epistles and Revelation.
A narrative approach will be used, which will be a gateway into considering different reading communities, ideological textures and modes of hermeneutical appropriation. Emphasis will also be given to contextualizing the theology of the Johannine literature for the Church today, including grounding in a sense of community, and service within God's love.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major narrative devices and theological themes employed in the Johannine literature, and their impact on the community of believers.
2. Analyse the concerns and context of the Johannine community, and the relationship of the Gospel to the rest of the Johannine literature.
3. Compare how the Johannine Epistles use theological themes in similar and different ways and for similar and different purposes from the rest of the Johannine literature.
4. Employ effective narrative critical tools to exegete specific texts in the Johannine literature.
5. Discuss the frameworks for interpretation of the Johannine Literature as well as some of the issues involved in current biblical scholarship.