The Nuptial Mystery According to St. John
This course is an introduction to the theological doctrine of love (agape) offered by the Fourth Gospel. It imparts familiarity with the key words and concepts necessary to deepen John’s understanding of Jesus Christ as the Revealer and Giver of God’s Trinitarian Love by exploring the different dimensions of the rich Johannine doctrine on love: Christological, Trinitarian, sacramental, ecclesiological. Finally the course wants to initiate the students to the still little-explored study of John’s highly theological usage of symbolism. The course focuses particularly the nuptial symbolism as a fitting key to grasp the very core of John’s gaze upon the flesh of Jesus. Jesus’ flesh is the true temple where those who believe in Him can finally arrive to see (Jn 1:14, 18; 14:9; 17:24) and to participate in the glory of God’s Trinitarian Love (Jn 17:26).
Course Texts for Spring 2015
- Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, vol. I and II, (New York: Doubleday, c2007-c2011. San Francisco: Ignatius Press).
- Francis, J. Moloney, Love in the Gospel of John: An Exegetical, Theological, and Literary Study, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2013).
Students may choose one of the following to purchase:
- De la Potterie, Ignace, The Hour of Jesus: Passion and Resurrection of Jesus According to John (New York: Alba House, 1997).
- Senior, Donald, The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John, (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, c1991).