1st semester Tuesday mornings (Min. No. 8)
This unit offers a critical scholarly study of the theological, literary, and pastoral significance of The Gospel of John within its First-Century context. It will include a study of the emergence of Johannine Christianity and its relationship to Judaism following the destruction of Jerusalem, and the distinctive Johannine response to this event. Using narrative-critical methods the unit will follow the text of the Gospel, particularly in its structural and symbolic elements, in order to elucidate the particular theology of this Gospel.
Level 2: BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent
Level 3: BA1000Y and BN1000Y plus two units of Biblical Studies at level two
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- describe the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
- gather information from the primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject and effectively communicate it in both oral and written form
- identify the characteristics of narrative critical methods
- write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating appropriate skills in biblical interpretation
- explain the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to its first-century context.
- research and discuss the background, structure, themes, literary forms and terminology of the Gospel
- appraise information from the primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject, particularly through the use of databases, and effectively communicate it in both oral and written form
- identify the characteristics of narrative critical methods as distinct from historical critical methods
- write an exegetical paper on a specific text demonstrating advanced skills in biblical interpretation
- evaluate the unique theology of John’s Gospel in relation to the pastoral needs of its first-century context
Level 2: 2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 3000 word essay or 45 minute taped oral exam (60%) Level 3: 2500 word exegetical paper (40%); 3500 word essay or 45 minute taped oral exam (60%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase
Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the Gospel of John: Edited, Updated, and Concluded by Francis J. Moloney. New York: Doubleday, 2003
Coloe, Mary L. Dwelling in the Household of God: Johannine Ecclesiology and Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.
Culpepper, R. Alan. Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1983.
Koester, Craig R. Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2003.
Lee, Dorothy. Flesh and Glory: Symbolism, Gender and Theology in the Gospel of John. New York: Crossroad, 2002.
Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel according to Saint John. BNTC 4 London: Continuum, 2005.
*Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of John. Sacra Pagina 4. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.
Schneiders, Sandra M. Written that You May Believe. New York: Crossroad, 2003.
Yee, G. A. Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John. Wilmington, DE: M. Glazier, 1989.
Lecturer: MARY COLOE PBVM