New Testament Studies: The Gospel and Letters of John

Ref: C3743071

We will consider for the Gospel questions of authorship, date, destination and purpose of writing. We will compare and contrast with the Synoptic Gospels, and this will enable us to understand more fully the author's intention. If he were already aware of the earlier Gospels he would not have needed to reproduce what they did. We will then look at the three Letters, asking whether they are by the same hand and whether they were written in the same or in a different context.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the Gospel of John and the Letters.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is open to all who are interested. What is needed is the capacity for independent thinking, and also for joining in class discussion.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • I will become more familiar with the documents and be able to discuss them.
  • I will look more closely at a familiar document and be able to explain what I notice.
  • I will achieve an independence of evaluation of this document and demonstrate this in discussion.
  • I will be stimulated by the opinions of the tutor and of other class members and contribute to discussions.
  • I will understand more fully the relevance of this document to today's world and be able to explain it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • It will be helpful if you can prepare for the next week's material. Written work can be provided for those who are interested

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Members should bring a copy of the Bible (any version).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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New Testament Studies: The Gospel and Letters of John


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