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CT2/3/9005S

The Gospel of John within Christian Thought

Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit is an introduction to theological impetuses of the Gospel of John within Christian thought. Major themes such as incarnation, revelation, passion and Paraclete are studied in the context of: early Christian identity, selected christological debates, existential belief and decision, Christian freedom and community. Applied work is undertaken with selected historical theological uses of the Gospel of John in formulating Christian identity and ethical values.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Critically articulate enduring issues in the theological character of the Gospel of John and recognise their significance in selected theological debates;
  2. Articulate several textual and theological approaches for interpreting Christology through the Gospel of John;
  3. Critically evaluate hermeneutical presuppositions for theological uses of the Gospel of John in formulating Christian identity and ethics;
  4. (3rd level) Demonstrate integrative skills in interpreting the Gospel of John in relation to enduring questions of Christian thought and practice

Postgraduate

  1. Critically articulate enduring issues in the theological character of the Gospel of John and recognise their significance in selected theological debates;
  2. Articulate several textual and theological approaches for interpreting Christology through the Gospel of John;
  3. Critically evaluate hermeneutical presuppositions for theological uses of the Gospel of John in formulating Christian identity and ethics;
  4. Demonstrate integrative skills in interpreting the Gospel of John in relation to enduring questions of Christian thought and practice.
  5. Demonstrate advanced skills for theological reflection and research in relation to hermeneutical paradigms for engaging gospel narrative.

 

Pre-requisites: 15 points in Theology (all levels)

Faculty: S. Curkpatrick

Class Time: Three hours per week

Offered: Semester 1, 2017 on Wednesdays (1.30-4.30pm)

Assessment:

Second level:
Four 500 word document studies 40%
Two 1250 word essays 60%

Third level:
Four 500 word document studies 40%
Two 1500 word essays 60%

Postgraduate:
Four 750 words document studies 50%
One 3000 word essay 50%

Select bibliography:

Ashton, J Understanding the Fourth Gospel, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
Bauckham, R & Mosser, C The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, Grand Rapids & Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2008.
Bultmann, R The Gospel of John: A Commentary, trans. G.R. Beasley-Murray, R.W.N. Hoare and J.K. Riches, Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1971.
Callahan, AD  A Love Supreme: A History of Johannine Tradition, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
Carter, W John: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist, Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2006.
Harris, E Prologue and Gospel: Theology of the Fourth Evangelist, London & New York: T&T Clark Int., 2004.
Jenson, RW Systematic Theology Volume 1: The Triune God, Oxford et. al.: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Kelly, AJ CSsR and Moloney, FJ Experiencing God in the Gospel of John, New York/Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2003.
Marion, J-L Prolegomena to Charity, trans. S. Lewis, New York :Fordham UP, 2002.
Moloney, FJ The Gospel of John. Sacra Pagina 4, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998.
Moody Smith, D The Theology of the Gospel of John, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Richardson, N John for Today: Reading the Fourth Gospel, London: SCM, 2010.
Talbert, CH Reading John: A literary Theological Commentary on the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles, London: SPCK, 1992.
Tillich, P Systematic Theology II: Existence and The Christ, Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1957.
von Balthasar, HU Seeing the Form, trans. Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, ed. Joseph Fessio SJ and John Riches (1989) The Glory of the Lord Series, Vol I, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982, 1989.
—— Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter, trans. with Intro Aidan Nichols OP, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1990.
—— Love Alone is Credible, trans. D.C. Schindler, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004.