Details for The Johannines

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

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: BIB254
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.


BIB102 – Writings of the New Testament

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering The Johannines

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

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


Students should be able to:

  • Examine the distinctive symbolism, structure, style, theology and rhetoric of the Johannine corpus
  • demonstrate critical engagement with both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives
  • exegete passages from the Johannine corpus
  • appreciate the application and abiding value of Johannine 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

Lectures, group discussions, online engagement

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

Assessment Methods

Thematic paper (50%, 2500 words); Contemporary Presentation (25%, 1250 words); Book Review (25%, 1250 words)

Prescribed Text

Craig Koester, The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Representative References

Akin, Daniel L. 1, 2, 3 John: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001. 

Burge, Gary, Letters of John. NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996

Conway, C.M. Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and Johannine Characterization. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 1999.

Jobes, K. H. 1, 2, & 3 John. ZECNT. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. 

Köstenberger, Andreas J. A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Lieu, Judith M. I, II, and III John. The NT Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. 

Painter, John. 1, 2, and 3 John. Sacra Pagina 18. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Parsenios, G. L. First, Second, and Third John. Paideia. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.

Rensberger, D. 1 John, 2 John, 3 John. Abingdon NT Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Smith, D. Moody. First, Second, and Third John. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1991.

Thomas, John Christopher. The Pentecostal Commentary on 1 John, 2 John, 3 John. The Pentecostal Commentary. London: T&T Clark, 2004. 

Witherington III, B. Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: Vol 1: A Social-Rhetorical Commentory on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John Illinois: IVP, 2006.

Yarbrough, R.W. 1-3 John. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008.



Biblical Interpretation

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

European Journal of Theology


Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Journal of Pentecostal Theology


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