Details for Johannines

The Gospel and Letters of John are dearly loved by Christians today. Rich in theology and symbolism, these texts draw heavily on the Jewish tradition fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. This unit will equip you to interpret and apply these extraordinary texts, as well as helping you to see the ways in which the story of Jesus fulfils the testimony of Israel.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB251
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: U-Wen Low


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:

Awards offering Johannines

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

By highlighting the way in which the symbolism and theology of the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Letters draw on the OT intertextually, a bridge is built between OT and NT, bringing greater focus to the student’s reading of the Christian Bible.


  1. Identify the distinctive symbolism, structure, style, theology and rhetoric of the Johannine (Gospel and Letters) corpus;
  2. Demonstrate engagement with both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives;
  3. Exegete passages from the Johannine (Gospel and Letters) corpus;
  4. Apply the Johannine (Gospel and Letters) literature to the modern Christian community;
  5. Identify the distinctive symbolism, structure, style, theology and rhetoric of the Johannine (Gospel and Letters) corpus;
  6. Analyse the abiding value of Johannine (Gospel and Letters) literature for the Christian community.

Subject Content

  1. The Fourth Gospel through many eyes: the purpose, provenance, background to the Fourth Gospel, and the question of genre
  2. Examination of the structure, symbolism, and theology of the Fourth Gospel
  3. Walking in the Light: the background to and purposes of the Johannine correspondence
  4. Examination of the structure and theology of 1-3 John
  5. Exegesis of selected passages of the Johnnine corpus
  6. Perspectives on Johannine Theology and its significance for Pentecostalism

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided