This course is offered as an introduction to deeper study of the fourth gospel in its content, context, historicity – as well as its relationship to the New Testament canon and to early Christian literature. In their reading of the gospel, students will be introduced to techniques of exegesis – pulling out deeper meanings of the text, and comparing their findings with a selection of the many ancient and contemporary studies of it. Students will gain a better understanding of how early Christians read the gospel (and scripture as a whole). In their review of more recent scholarship, students will be exposed to discourse analysis, social science commentary, redaction criticism, among other topics. Brief, weekly exegetical assignments will be made, as well as a midterm and final paper.
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