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DR 301D / DR 351D
THE GOSPEL AND LETTERS OF JOHN
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Leonhardt-Balzer

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students at level 3 or 4 only. Students of non-DRS subjects are required to get permission from the course co-ordinator prior to admission.

Note(s): This course will be available as DR 301D in 2012/13.

'I am the light', 'I am the resurrection and the life' ... All these statements from the Gospel of John have shaped people's idea of Christ for millenia. Its symbolic language reverberates through art and literature, as well as in Christian lives throughout the world.

This course will pay particular attention to the Johannine Corpus - consisting of John's Gospel and the three Epistles. We investigate the origins of the community which produced these texts, examine allegations of anti-Jewishness and Christian sectarianism, uncover the distinctive Christology and the ideas of salvation within the literature, and look at the background of some of the best known images within the whole New Testament. Selected passages from the gospel and letters will be studied in English.
There is also the option of working with the original text for those with the necessary background in Greek.

2 one-hour seminars per week.

1st Attempt: One 2,500 word essay (30%); one oral presentation in class (10%); 1 two-hour exam (60%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.

Resit: 1 two-hour exam (100%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.