This course seeks to familiarize students with the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation in order to be able to employ them effectively in academic, pastoral and liturgical contexts as well as for personal reading and meditation.
I. The Gospel and Letters of John A. Literary features: structure, unity and cohesiveness, vocabulary, style B. Historical features: origin, composition, authorship C. Theological features: ecclesiology, eschatology, Christology, discipleship D. Exegesis: The Passion and Resurrection accounts (Jn 18:1-20:29) II. The Book of Revelation A. Literary features: apocalyptic literature and apocalypticism, structure, symbolism B. Historical features: origin, authorship C. Theological features: liturgical imagery, interpretation D. Exegesis: Rev 13:1-18; 20:1-10 Learning Outcomes: • Upon completion of the course, students will be capable of correct exegesis of passages from these NT books. • They will know how to identify and interpret their literary aspects such as form, structure, vocabulary, and stylistic features. • They will be aware of what modern scholarship has discovered about the historical context from which these writings came, and how this aids in their interpretation for the present time. • They will be capable of recognizing, analyzing and explaining major theological themes within the text. • They will be familiar with the most important secondary resources associated with these writings.
Senior, Donald P., John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, Edited by. The Catholic Study Bible. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Professor’s notes and other guided readings Bibliography: Anderson, Paul N. The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011. Aune, David E. Revelation. 3 vols. Word Biblical Commentary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997. Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. ______. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. The Anchor Bible. Garden City: Doubleday, 1966-70. ______. The Community of the Beloved Disciple. New York: Paulist Press, 1979. ______. The Epistles of John. Garden City: Doubleday, 1982. ______. An Introduction to the New Testament. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 1997. ______. An Introduction to the Gospel of John. Edited, Updated, Introduced and Concluded by Francis J. Moloney. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination. An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. Gorman, Michael J. Reading Revelation Responsibly. Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011. Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2003. Koester, Craig R. Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community. 2nd Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003. Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of John. Sacra Pagina. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998. O'Grady, John F. According to John: The Witness of the Beloved Disciple. New York: Paulist Press, 1999. ______. Preaching the Gospel of John. New York: Paulist Press, 2009. Smith, D. Moody. The Theology of the Gospel of John. New Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Van der Watt, Jan. An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters. London: T. & T. Clark, 2007. Witherington, Ben. John's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.