The Gospel of John


Semester 1, 2020
Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Semester 2, 2020
Monday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

This unit will explore the content, literary character, theology, and setting of the Gospel of John. Students will be introduced to both traditional interpretations and contemporary insights. They will study selected major passages in detail, bearing in mind the Gospel’s literary structure and its theological concerns. Particular attention will be devoted to those Johannine passages that play a key role in the lectionaries of the various Christian Churches.

Census Dates

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August


  • second level: BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level: two Biblical Studies units at second level


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 1,500-word report 30%
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%
third level
  • one 1,500-word report 30%
  • one 2,500-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • Brown, Raymond E. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. Anchor Bible 29 and 29A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966-70.
  • Brown, Sherri, and Francis J. Moloney. Interpreting the Gospel and the Letters of John: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Byrne, Brendan. Life Abounding: A Reading of John’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2014.
  • Edwards, Ruth B. Discovering John: Content, Interpretation, Reception. 2nd ed. Discovering Biblical Texts. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 2015.
  • Lee, Dorothy A. Flesh and Glory: Symbol, Gender and Theology in the Gospel of John. New York: Crossroad, 2002.
  • Lincoln, Andrew L. The Gospel According to Saint John. Black’s New Testament Commentaries. London: Continuum, 2005.
  • Loader, William. Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of John. Sacra Pagina 4. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.
  • Schneiders, Sandra M. Written That You May Believe: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. With a Study Guide by John C. Wronski. Rev. ed. New York: Crossroad, 2003.
  • Segovia, Fernando F., ed. “What is John?” SBL Symposium Series 3 and 7. 2 vols. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996-98.