THL307 The Johannine Literature (8)

This subject examines the Johannine literature within the New Testament (the Gospel and epistles of John; Revelation). It addresses literary and historical evidence that Johannine Christianity was a distinctive development within early Christianity with its own literature. Emphasis is given to the setting, genre, content and theology of the Gospel and letters of John, supplemented by a comparative introduction to the book of Revelation.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL307. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL106 and at least one 200-level New Testament subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of issues relating to the interpretation of the Johannine literature;
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with evidence indicating the history, development and distinctiveness of Johannine Christianity;
  • be able to demonstrate critical appreciation of the distinctiveness of the Gospel of John;
  • be able to discuss similarities and differences between the Gospel of John, the Johannine epistles and Revelation, including their literary, historical and theological relationships;
  • be able to discuss major theological and ethical themes in the Johannine literature and critically evaluate their contemporary relevance;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced competence in the exegesis and interpretation of biblical texts through critical engagement with primary biblical materials and constructive engagement with secondary literature; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The place and shape of Johannine Christianity in the context of first-century Christianity
  • The relationship of Johannine Christianity to Judaism, the Graeco-Roman world and other expressions of early Christianity
  • The authorship, genre and provenance of the Gospel and letters of John and Revelation
  • An examination of the Gospel of John, the three letters of John and the book of Revelation from literary, historical and theological perspectives
  • The literary, historical and theological interrelations between the Gospel of John, the letters of John and Revelation
  • Central themes of Johannine theology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL307 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Exegetical paper
50
2
Research essay
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: March 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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