John in Jerusalem
Salvation is from the Jews

In the Footsteps of Jesus with John
September 4 - October 2, 2018

The Centre for Biblical Formation

Notre Dame de Sion

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1. Course Description

Many readers today are more than a little uncomfortable with the treatment of “the Jews” in John’s Gospel. At the same time, that very Gospel is in many ways the most Jewish of all four, with an extensive knowledge not only of the Scriptures but also of the feasts, the liturgy and even the geography of the Holy City. Our reading of John’s Gospel will, therefore, take seriously these religious, cultural and archaeological contexts, enriching our reading and leading to a responsible contemporary understanding of the Fourth Gospel.

Suggested Bible:
The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Accessible reading material

  • Brant, Jo-Ann A., John, Grand Rapids, MI: BakerAcademic, 2011. (+ Kindle)
  • Culpepper, R. Alan, The Gospel and Letters of John, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998 (+ Kindle)
  • Kysar, Robert, John. The Maverick Gospel, Louiseville MN: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2007
  • Pagola, José, El camino abierto por Jesús. 4. Juan. Madrid: PPC, 2012.
  • Thompson, Marianne Meye, John. A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.
  • Schneiders, Sandra M., Written that You May Believe. Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, New York: Crossroad, 1999.
  • Yee, Gale A., Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John, Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2007.
  • Zumstein, Jean, L’apprentissage de la foi: A la découverte de l’évangile de Jean et ses lecteurs, Geneva: Labor et Fides, 2015.
2. Useful websites on the Fourth Gospel

Felix Just SJ
A super-rich resource with many links.

New Testament Gateway
Good links to other sites, including bibliography.
Offers an introduction and commentary on the Gospel of John.
A good site with textual notes.

Papyrus 52
Good overview of the earliest evidence for the Fourth Gospel

Papyrus 66
Brief account of the earliest (almost) complete copy of the Fourth Gospel

Bibliography on the Fourth Gospel

3. “Jews” in the Fourth Gospel and in early Christianity
A short bibliography

  • Beutler, Johannes Judaism and the Jews in the Gospel of John, Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2006
  • Bieringer, R. et al. (eds.) Anti-Judaism and the Fourth Gospel Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001
  • Caron, Gérald, Qui sont les “Juifs” de l’évangile de Jean?, Paris: Bellarmin, 1997.
  • Fredriksen, Paul and Adele Reinhartz (eds), Jesus, Judaism, and Christian anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust. Louiseville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2002.
  • Marcheselli, Maurizio (ed), Israele e Chiesa nel vangelo di Giovanni, Bologna: EBD, 2016
  • Niklas, Tobias, Jews and Christians, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014
  • Reinhartz, Adele, Befriending the Beloved Disciple. A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John, New York /London: Continuum: 2001.

YouTube videos

4. Notes and slides on the Fourth Gospel

Notes (under construction)
Slides (not ready yet)