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Winter 2012/Seattle






DESCRIPTION: This class will offer a detailed reading of the Greek text of the Gospel of John. It will introduce students to exegetical issues related to the historic-critical study of the gospels in general and of John in particular. It will also include more recent approaches on John, focusing on its impact on the reader and its narrative features.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The Gospel of John contains some of the most beloved verses of the Bible (John 3:16 comes to mind) and develops a Christology that has been influential in understanding Jesus as the Son of God. As such, it provides fundamental teaching to the modern Christian churches and an in-depth knowledge of this gospel will provide important basis for preaching and teaching.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated that they (1) have a knowledge and understanding of the Gospel of John, its literary features, its historical and cultural context, and the way it illustrates works of its genre; (2) can offer an exegesis of passages from John in light of a range of appropriate interpretive approaches, including ones that take into account the diversity of contexts from which the text can be read; (3) have articulated some reflection on the significance of this Gospel for their discipleship and ministry; and (4) have a competence in working with texts in their original language, including familiarity with apparatuses and tools requisite to such study.


COURSE FORMAT: The course will have some formal lecturing but will involve active participation by students, in the style of a seminar. It will meet weekly for ten weeks, for three hours per class session.



EITHER K. Aland, et al. The Greek New Testament, 4th ed. United Bible Societies, 1993, 3438051109 $ 44.95 OR Nestle and Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1993. ISBN: 3438051001 $39.95

R. Alan Culpepper, Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel. A Study in Literary Design (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1983). ISBN: 9780800620684 $22.00

Gail O’Day, John (Louisville: John Knox, 2006). ISBN: 0664252605 $25.00

Fernando F. Segovia, R. S. Sugirtharajahm, Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings (Sheffield: T&T Clark, 2009). ISBN: 0567637077 $35.55


For additional materials necessary in the full range of bible courses; texts, lexicons and grammars, consult the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program" available from the FNW office.



Amy-Jill Levine, Marianne Blickenstaff, A Feminist Companion to the Gospel of John (Sheffield: Continuum, 2003). ISBN: 0826463339 $21.00



1.     Careful reading of all assigned material, sometimes accompanied by a brief response to be posted on Moodle, and participation in class (5% of the grade).

2.     2 summaries (2 pages) of the readings done for class (15% each)

3.     An in-class group presentation on one passage in John (25% of the grade)

4.     A final exegetical paper (12-15 pages) that will necessitate some research (40%).


PREREQUISITES: LG512, NS500, and NE502.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in New Testament Exegesis (NTE); M.A.: Biblical Studies.