John – NBST 615

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An intensive exegetical study of the Gospel of John, including an investigation of the uniqueness of this Gospel compared with the synoptic Gospels, and a study of the life and teachings of Christ which are distinctive in this Gospel.




Recognizing that students come from various church backgrounds and that each is working towards a degree at Liberty University, it is expected that the student should know the general background of the life of Christ, including chronology, geography, social customs, historical backgrounds, and events in His life. Also, the student should be aware of the issues, problems and areas of concern that have faced Christian scholars in the Gospel of John in particular and the life of Christ in general. Therefore, the student should be aware of these aspects of John so that he/she reflects a graduate level of understanding. But also, the student will want to capture the zeal and spirit of the Gospel of John.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the Gospel’s political, religious, and cultural context.
  2. Examine major issues regarding the interpretation of John’s Gospel.
  3. Analyze select major theological themes in the Gospel of John.
  4. Discuss issues related to difficult passages/ideas in the Gospel of John.
  5. Apply select truths from the Gospel of John to daily Christian living.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

There will be 5 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. The instructions to the discussion board may require responses to multiple questions in a thread. Each response is to be a minimum of 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 1 other classmate’s threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words. Please consult grading rubrics for more details.

Book Critique

The student will submit a 5–10-page critical review of A. W. Tozer’s And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John, that will include a summary and analysis of the book. Current Turabian formatting must be followed throughout. Please consult grading rubric for more details.

Research Paper

The student will write a 12–20-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic of the student’s choosing. The instructor will provide a list of approved topics from which he/she may choose. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. Please consult grading rubric for more details.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 45 true/false, multiple-choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.