Gospel of John

Gospel of John


Jesus’ life and teachings are foundational to Christian thought. The Johannine Literature (the Fourth Gospel and 1-2-3 John) offers a unique perspective on Jesus’ message, activity, and identity. These books also demonstrate the diversity of Christian thought and experience in the first century. Persons in ministerial vocations should be familiar with the content and application of these popular books. 


The student who successfully completes this course should:

1) Be able to explain the circumstances under which the Fourth Gospel and Johannine Epistles were produced.

2) Display competence in the exegesis of key passages from the Johannine Literature.

3) Be able to discuss unique theological perspectives of the Johannine Literature.

Achievement of the above objectives will be evaluated through assessment of submitted assignments and overall engagement in class discussion.


Intro: “Impossible to Sin” 

Context: Behind the Johannine Literature

  1. Johannine Dualism
  2. The “World”
  3. The “Jews”
  4. AntiChristianity
  5. Satan’s Throne and the Mark of the Beast

Stage One: Living Without Sin

  1. Tests of Faith
  2. 1 John 3: The Sin Test

Stage Two: Jesus as the Christ

  1. The Prologue
  2. Ironic Encounters
  3. “I Am”
  4. Greater Than Caesar

Stage Three: Life After Jesus’ Death (John 13-17)

  1. A) The Two Kinds of “Life”
  2. B) The Footwashing
  3. C) The Paraclete Sayings
  4. D) The Lord’s Prayer


 All assignments must be completed and submitted by December 16, 2016 in order for the student to pass the class. If all assignments are not completed, the student will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the final percentage grade based on assignments which are actually submitted. For example, if a student’s cumulative percentage is 92% and that person has not turned in the Kysar notes, that student will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

Each absence, for any reason, after the first absence will result in a deduction of 4 points from the student’s attendance grade. Students who miss more than 4 class sessions will be dropped from the class.

Attendance/Participation                    10%

Final Exam                                          50% (60% for undergrads)

Kysar Notes                                        5%

van der Watt notes                              5%

15 articles                                           10% (0% for undergrads)

Theology summary                             20%

NOTICE: This course plan, as published through the CCU website and/or as distributed and explained on the first day of class, overrides all earlier versions of the syllabus for the same course. All terms and conditions stated in this course plan, including objectives, outline of contents, required texts, assignments, attendance policy, and grading scale, are subject to the Instructor’s unilateral revision at any point before, during, or after the semester. The student’s registration for the course indicates her/his acceptance of these terms.

Students in need of academic coaching or tutoring should contact the university’s Evan Bolejack Learning Center at learning.center@ccuniversity.edu to schedule an appointment. All services are free to current students.  

Disability Services: Students who require academic accommodations due to a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability should request assistance from the Student Services Department within the first two weeks of class. The Student Services Center is located on the 200-level of the Presidents Hall. You may also contact the office by phone (513.244.8150) or email (studentlife@ccuniversity.edu). 

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