Course Summary

That you may have life

A study of the Fourth Gospel, including purpose, interpretation, authorship, literary composition, and general content.  The course is organized in three modules, which are further divided into three units each. The modules are (1) Introduction to the Gospel of John, (2) John 1-10, and (3) John 11-21. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.

Course Objectives

1.  Describe critical matters that pertain to the Fourth Gospel

2.  Explain the text of the Fourth Gospel and its theological message

3.  Demonstrate how the message the Fourth Gospel applies today

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of three multiple choice examinations, a research paper, and a book review of the required textbook.  Each of these five graded elements is valued at 20%.  A sample of the multiple choice problems is given below.

When interpreting the Gospel of John, the first matter to be investigated is its (A) social background, (B) literary nature, (C) historicity, (D) theology.


Needed resources are in the form of e-books in the Electronic Collection and are without cost to the student.  If optional reading in hard copy is preferred, then the following applies: 


Köstenberger, Andreas J. A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of
. A vol. of Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series. Zondervan, 2009. 656 pages. $31.68. ISBN: 978-0310269865

Select one (or make a suitable substitute)

Carson, D. A. The Gospel according to John. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1990.
720 pages. $28.33. ISBN: 978-0802836830

Köstenberger, Andreas J. The Gospel of John. A vol. of Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New
New Testament
. Baker Academic, 2004. 720 pages. $35.01 ISBN: 978-0801026447