General Objective: 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.
Course Outline: I. The Gospel and Letters of John. 1. Literary features: structure, unity and cohesiveness, vocabulary, style. 2. Historical features: origin, composition, authorship. 3. Theological features: ecclesiology, eschatology, Christology, discipleship. 4. Exegesis: selected passages. II. The Book of Revelation. 1. Literary features: apocalyptic literature and apocalypticism, structure, symbolism. 2. Historical features: origin, authorship. 3. Theological features: imagery, interpretation. 4. Exegesis: selected passages.
Textbook: Senior, Donald, John Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds. The Catholic Study Bible. 3rd Edition. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Bibliography: John & 1-2-3 John: Anderson, Paul. The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011; Brown, Raymond. The Gospel According to John. 2 vols. Garden City: Doubleday, 1966-1970; Brown, Raymond. The Community of the Beloved Disciple. New York: Paulist Press, 1979; Brown, Raymond. The Epistles of John. Garden City: Doubleday, 1982; Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997; Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to the Gospel of John. Edited, Updated, Introduced and Concluded by Francis J. Moloney. New York: Doubleday, 2003; Culpepper, Alan. Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983; Estes, Douglas, and Ruth Sheridan. How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016; Keener, Craig. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2003; Koester, Craig. Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community. 2nd Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003; Malina, Bruce, and Richard Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998; Moloney, Francis. The Gospel of John. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998; O’Grady, John. According to John: The Witness of the Beloved Disciple. New York: Paulist Press, 1999; O’Grady, John. Preaching the Gospel of John. New York: Paulist Press, 2009; Skinner, Christopher. Reading John. Eugene: Cascade, 2015; Smith, Moody. The Theology of the Gospel of John. Cambridge: CUP, 1995; Van der Watt, Jan. An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters. London: T. & T. Clark, 2007. Revelation: Aune, David. Revelation. 3 vols. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997; Bauckham, Richard. The Theology of the Book of Revelation. Cambridge: CUP, 1993; Beale, Gregory. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999; Collins, John. The Apocalyptic Imagination. An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998; Gorman, Michael. Reading Revelation Responsibly. Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011; Moloney, Francis. The Apocalypse of John: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be capable of carrying out a responsible exegesis of passages from these NT books, identifying and interpreting their literary aspects, and analysing and explaining their major theological themes; to be aware of scholarly proposals regarding the historical context from which these writings came; to be familiar with key resources and commentaries for ongoing study.