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Winter 2014/Seattle




DESCRIPTION: New Testament exegesis is concerned with the careful application of the principles of biblical interpretation to the Greek text of a New Testament document. This exegetical analysis of the Gospel of John will give close attention to its historical and literary contexts, its grammatical and thematic structures and its theological and pastoral significance.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Proficiency in exegetical method greatly increases one’s effectiveness as a preacher or teacher. It also improves one’s personal study of the Scriptures, contributing to spiritual growth and development. A disciplined approach to exegesis helps the student of Scripture become a responsible hearer of the text and competent to help others to hear and understand.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will have demonstrated: 1) skill in interpreting the Greek text of the Gospel of John; 2) the use of methods and tools that aid in the understanding of biblical texts; 3) an ability to articulate important issues related to the study of John and engage in critical conversation with other interpreters of the Gospel; 4) an ability to communicate the continuing theological value of John’s Gospel and its presentation of Jesus for the life and work of the Church.

COURSE FORMAT: The course will meet weekly for three hours, for a total of thirty hours, for lecture and discussion.


Aland, K., et al. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. American Bible Society, 2000 [UBS4]. ISBN: 978-3438051103, Pub. Price $43.99; OR Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012 [NA28]. ISBN 978-3438051400, Pub. Price $45.99. Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1998 [NA27] ISBN: 978-3438051004, Pub. Price $40.99 is also allowed.

Brown, R. E. An Introduction to the Gospel of John. Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780300140156, Pub. Price $37.00 [325 pp]

Koester, Craig R. The Word of Life: A Theology of John’s Gospel. Eerdmans, 2008. ISBN: 9780802829382, Pub. Price $23.00 [231 pp]

Michaels, J. R. The Gospel of John. Eerdmans, 2010. ISBN: 9780802823021, Pub. Price $65.00 [1130 pp]

Thompson, M. M. The God of the Gospel of John. Eerdmans, 2001. ISBN: 9780802847348, Pub. Price $26.00 [280 pp]

For further resources, see "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Programs" available at http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg- Biblio.html

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: The student is responsible for the following:

  1. Translations and analyses of select passages to be completed for each class (30%);

  2. A 4500 word exegetical paper on a selected passage from John (35%);

  3. A 5 page sermon outline on a second selected passage from John (15%);

  4. An 1800 word critical review of either Koester, The Word of Life or Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John (20%).

PREREQUISITES: NE502 and (NS500 or NT500).

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in New Testament Exegesis (NTE) and MA program requirement for New Testament book study (NTBK).

NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.