Course: Gospel of John
Course #: BIB 312
Credit hours: 2 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Spring, 1998
Holy Bible. (Translation of your choice, no paraphrases.)
D. Moody Smith. The Theology of the Gospel of John. Cambridge.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the Gospel of John. The student should become familiar with Johannine themes and theology through the study of key words and phrases in the Fourth Gospel. The Johannine letters and the Apocalypse will serve as secondary sources in the study of Johannine theology and doctrine.
The major thrust of the course will be the study of the text itself. The primary resource will be the English text, but the student may expect to be encouraged and challenged to examine the Greek text as skills and interests allow.
[Student expectations are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs simply reflect and clarify the matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
The school attendance policy will be followed. Students should note that the evaluation is weighted in favor of regular class attendance. Students are expected to attend class regularly. Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor the day class is missed or in advance. Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor when absent. The student is responsible for obtaining and completing all assignments.
Students must arrive at class on time. (See catalog.) A student who must arrive at class late is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness.
Homework must be turned in on time or early. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up. No makeup examinations are available in this class.
Class withdrawal procedures are set forth in the catalog and must be followed. The student must initiate an official process. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdraw. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will receive an "F" grade.
Goals and Objectives
Criteria for Evaluation
The successful student will master each of the course objectives to some degree--no items will be completely omitted. The successful student will cooperate with the professor in a mutually stimulating and exciting learning experience. Evaluation will be based upon mastery of these goals and objectives as reflected in class participation, quizzes, homework and other various assignments, and examinations.
1. Mastery of the chronology of the Gospel of John (to be demonstrated on the FINAL EXAM).
2. Mastery of the chapter-content information of John (demonstrated on the FINAL EXAM).
3. Personal Research Projects
Personal research project topics will be assigned early in the semester to correlate with the course outline. Research projects will be due on assigned dates, with presentation scheduled for the entire class.
4. Daily Bible reading is encouraged in the Gospel of John, 1-2-3 John, and Revelation. The student should plan to read all of the Johannine corpus during the semester. The Gospel itself should be read at least twice. Quizzes may be over suggested readings.
Evaluation 15 Class participation and quizzes 20 Research paper and presentation 15 Book Review 30 Exams (2 x 15) 20 Final Exam 100 Total points possible Grading Scale [% of possible points] A 90-100% B 80-89% C 70-79% D 60-69% F <60%Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB312. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes.
Research Projects Each student will be assigned a research projects. Papers will be 15 pages, typed, double-spaced. Research projects are due on the date assigned.
John--Suggested Topics "Life" as a Johannine Theme "Light" as a theme of the Fourth Gospel Worlds in Conflict: A Possible Way of Understanding John's Gospel That Ye Might Believe: John's Concept of Faith Signs and Miracles in John's Gospel Surveying John's Gospel: John as the Apostle of Love The Purpose of John's Gospel Jesus' Self-Revelation Judaism in the Setting of the Gospel ("Jews") The placement of the temple cleansing pericope The Setting of the fourth Gospel Revelation of Glory Christology in John's Gospel Symbolism Searching for Truth The Chronology of Jesus' Life The Gnostic Problem Unity in John's Gospel Holy Spirit The Homiletic Value of John's Gospel Use of Contrast in John The Structure of the Gospel John--Study Questions 1. What is John's word for miracles? Why? 2. List all of Jesus' miracles in John's gospel. 3. Briefly trace the tension in John between two worlds. 4. Set forth John's view of light. 5. Trace John's view of Jesus as life. Be certain to include the references. 6. Summarize John's view of Jesus as love. Cite specific verses. 7. How does John use belief as a concept? 8. How do you think John 21 functions in the overall plan of John? 9. Which of John's theological agendas is reflected in 13:1ff? 10. How do John 1-3 contribute to understanding Jesus' identity? 11. In what way is John 6 a turning point in John's gospel? 12. Who is John? Write a brief biographical sketch. 13. To whom did John likely write? 14. When was John's gospel probably written?
Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.