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BN2397B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives

  • Unit Code & NameBN2397B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives
  • Description

    This 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46006
  • LevelUndergraduate 2
  • Semester2. Semester 1, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    21 February to 27 May 2022

    This unit provides four online tutorials throughout the semester.

    We recommend that you allocate 9 hours a week for all study activities.

  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • Prerequisites

    BN1301B Interpreting the New Testament or equivalent

  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, online forums

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x 2,000 word exegetical essay - 50%

    1 x 2,000 word topical tutorial - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon 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.