Issues in the Gospel of John
This course deals with the Gospel of John and the critical themes that form its architectural structure. This course will closely examine the Biblical text with special reference to the original Greek. We will identify those themes that are central to the Johannine proclamation of the Gospel and identify and examine the specifics of John’s anthropology and how it affects his understanding of soteriology, ecclesiology and pneumatology. We will examine the various exegetical approaches that have evolved including the Patristic, medieval and modern periods. Critical to this study is the examination of John’s use of specific words (faith, light, sent, believe, life, glory, etc.) and his use of parallelisms and chiastic structures, all of which are critical to understanding the Fourth Gospel’s message. This course will investigate the critical theological themes in John, particularly the role of the Spirit, the relationship of the Son to the Father, the realism of the Eucharistic discourse, the pneumatic and Mariological dimensions of ecclesiology and the underlying sacramental nature of reality. All of these elements become critical components in the anthropological vision that John presents, which we will unpack.