New Testament Theology: John
The overall objective of this course is to lay the foundation for a lifetime of work in John’s writings, introducing the student to all of the essential processes and resources necessary to frame in a biblical theology of the Johannine literature and to a process of moving from biblical theology to theology in culture. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course will:
Develop an overall understanding of John’s writings—including the development of a canonical intent statement that integrates the overall intention and literary design for the Johannine literature as a canonical section and the role that John’s writings play in relation to the other sections of the New Testament canon.
Develop skill in handling the special literature of John—majoring on the gospel genre and the interpretation of apocalyptic literature.
Develop an author’s intention statement for each book—that pays careful attention to the literary design; develop a theology of each book—that develops the author’s emphasis of crafting his theological ideas.
Develop a theology of the Johannine literature as a whole—that, again, respects the literary design of John as a section of the New Testament canon and identifies the careful crafting of the author’s theological ideas, identifying both themes and rhemes.
- Develop a framework for beginning to use the Johannine literature in both life and ministry—including framing in a couple of ideas for preaching from John’s writings in future series.