Instructor: Bishop John Shelby Spong
Dates and Times: July 14-18 (1 wk), 9:00am-1:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: NT-2221 (for credit) or NT-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This class will lift the Gospel of John out of the Bible in general and away from the other gospels, in particular, so that it can be studied in its own integrity. We will identify the unique themes found in the Fourth Gospel and seek to understand those themes in the light of the context of the history of the late first century when this gospel was being written. This means we will spend some time analyzing the different patterns of thought revealed in the Fourth Gospel, from the low Christology of the earlier part of this book to the higher Christology of the latter parts. We will speculate on the number of authors that might be revealed in the analysis. The course will proceed by breaking John’s Gospel into its constituent parts and studying each in turn.
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