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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus

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



One session


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.


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 2019. 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
Value %
Exegetical paper
Research essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.