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.
1. The Gospel and Letters of John: Literary features: structure, unity and cohesiveness, vocabulary, and style. Historical features: origin, composition, authorship. Theological features: ecclesiology, eschatology, Christology, discipleship. Exegesis: Jn. 18:1-20:29. 2. The Book of Revelation: Literary features: apocalyptic literature and apocalypticism, structure, symbolism. Historical features: origin, authorship. Theological features: liturgical imagery, interpretation. Exegesis: Apoc. 13:1-18; 20:1-10 Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Execute a correct exegesis of passages from these New Testament books; identify and interpret their literary aspects, such as form, structure, vocabulary, and stylistic features; 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; be capable of recognising, analysing and explaining major theological themes within the text; be familiar with the most important secondary resources associated with these writings.
Textbook: Brown, Raymond. 1997. An Introduction to the New Testament. New Haven: Yale University Press. Bibliography: Brown, Raymond. 2007. An Introduction to the Gospel of John. New Haven: Yale University Press; Brown, Raymond. 2007. The Gospel According to John. New Haven: Yale University Press; Caird, George. 1993. The Revelation of Saint John, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishing; Collins, John. 1998. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Gorman, Michael. 2011. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation, Eugene: Wipf and Stock; Keener, Craig. 2010. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishing; Lewis, Karoline. 2014. John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries. Minneapolis: Fortress Press; Moloney, Francis. 1998. The Gospel of John. Collegeville: Liturgical Press; Smith, Dwight. 1995. The Theology of the Gospel of John, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; von Wahlde, Urban. 2010. The Gospel and Letters of John. 3 vols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.