BI630CE Johannine Literature: The Gospel, Letters and Book of Revelation

This course is an introduction to the theology of the Johannine texts of Holy Scripture: The Gospel of John, the three letters of John, and the book of Revelation. Special attention is given to exegesis and interpretation in light of ministry and preaching.

Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the profoundly theological purpose (‚Äúthat you may believe‚ÄĚ) of John‚Äôs Gospel along with his historical motivations (‚ÄúJesus did many other things‚ÄĚ);
  2. Discuss pastoral implications of differences between the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John;
  3. Discuss layers of meaning in John’s accounts of Jesus’ encounters with others, His teachings, His prayer, His death and resurrection, and especially His post-resurrection appearances and Ascension.
  4. Discuss the liturgical, historical, and cultural setting (context) of Johannine Literature; .
  5. Recognize the unity of the Sacramental and Moral teachings of the Gospel and Epistles of John;
  6. Be able to develop and deliver homilies based on Lectionary readings from Johannine Literature.


Required Texts:

  • One good Catholic Study Bible (e.g., The Catholic Study Bible or another New American Bible, Ignatius Study Bible, etc.)
  • Richard Bauckham,¬†Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology. Baker Academic, 2015. ISBN 978-0801096129.
  • Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch,¬†The Gospel of John: Commentary, Notes, and Study Questions. Ignatius Press,2003. ISBN 978-1586174613.