Saint John the Evangelist Seminary
SC 504: Johannine Literature
The Gospel of John, the Johannine letters, and the Revelation of John
are considered both against the background of first century history and
their theological relevance in our time; emphasis on major Johannine
themes and, in the case of Revelation, the apocalyptic movement in
THE NATURE OF THE COURSE:
The approach is scholarly, rather than
moralistic or sectarian. The course will be taught from the perspective
of the Bible as a record of God's self -disclosure (revelation). An
important objective is that each student will arrive at a greater
intellectual appreciation of the corporate nature of our heritage of
faith and how large a part of the spirit and content of Western
civilization flows from the biblical sources.
This course is not designed to give easy
answers to questions of personal faith, although it should provide
considerable foundation of historical, literary , and theological data
which will enable the earnest student to arrive at a more mature
personal faith. The professor will endeavor to provide an atmosphere of
freedom and intellectual honesty in which maturation in faith and
understanding is possible. The student's effort to develop his/her own
personal religious faith, of course, is a task in which he/she will be
engaged, hopefully, for the rest of his/her life.
The methods and content of the course are
determined not only by aim and objectives, but also by such factors as
size of enrollment, varied and limited biblical knowledge on the part of
the students, and the necessity of examination for learning and
evaluation. The course should provide a background for other courses in
Religious Studies. Information concerning the major in Religious Studies
and the Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree will be provided by
the professor or other members of the departmental faculty.
In additional to material covered in this
study, the course structure provides opportunity for discussion of
interesting and enigmatic topics, and the raising of questions which
have grown out of your studies.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able
- Recognize and apply basic theological
terminology and concepts
- Understand the fundamental elements of early Christianity
- Understand the methods used in and goals of theological research
- Identify a sample of theological authors, their key positions, and
- Write effective analytical essays about theological issues
- Improve critical reading skills and creative engagement with
- appreciate the variety of different belief systems in the biblical
1. Complete readings, summaries and papers.
2. Interact with me via Skype or Google Chat as we progress with this
3. Participate Actively
4. Ask questions whenever something is confusing or unclear.
5. Have fun.
1. A healthy and functioning PC or Laptop with Internet Connection and
Skype or Google Chat up and running.
2. Completion of two (2) papers. The first
at the mid-point of our journey and a final paper. Topics for papers
The New Oxford Annotated Bible (with the Apocrypha). New Revised
Standard Version. Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001
Smith, D. Moody. John. "Abingdon New
Testament Commentaries." Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999 (paperback).
Efird, James M. Revelation for Today: An
Apocalyptic Approach. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989 (paperback).
Recommended Books for your personal
The Interpreter's Bible, especially
vols. 8 & 12
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vols.
The Interpreter's One-Volume Commentary of the Bible
the Abingdon Bible Handbook
The Interpreter's Concise Commentary: Vol. VI, The Gospels and Vol.
VIII, Revelation and the General Epistles
The Anchor Bible Dictionary , 6 vols.
The New Interpreter's Bible; (especially vols. VIII, IX, XII)
the Revised Edition of The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.
Saint John the Evangelist Seminary
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