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Bishop Spong – “The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic” at PSR


Jul 14, 2014- Friday July 18th, 2014

9am- 1pm each day




Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

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Bishop Spong will be a guest instructor at PSR for this Summer Session

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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.

Required text:

Optional texts (students will select from among these titles):

  • Ashton, John. Understanding the Fourth Gospel.Oxford. ISBN 978-0199544226
  • Barrett, C.K..Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text.Westminster John Knox. ISBN 978-0664213640
  • Brown, Raymond.The Gospel According to John (2 Volumes)   .Anchor Bible Series, Doubleday, Garden City. ISBN 978-0300140156
  • Bultmann, Rudolf.The Gospel of John: A Commentary.Westminster John Knox. ISBN 978-0664208936
  • Dodd, C.H..The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel (English and Greek Edition).Cambridge. ISBN 978-0521095174
  • Hoskyns, Edwyn.The Fourth Gospel.Faber & Faber. ASIN: B002A47Q4C
  • Scott, E.F..The Fourth Gospel its Purpose and Theology.BiblioBazaar. ISBN 978-1140257899
  • von Wahlde, Urban C.The Gospel and Letters of John, Volume 1 & 2: Introduction, Analysis, and Reference.Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0802822178
  • Pagels, Elaine.  .Beyond Belief.  .Random House. ISBN 978-0375703164
  • Schneiders, Sandra.  .Written That You Might Believe: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. Crossroads. ISBN 978-0824519261
  • Ravindra, Ravi.The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism..Inner Tradition. ISBN 978-1594770180


 About Summer Sessions

Pacific School of Religion is committed to educating progressive spiritual leaders to prepare them for ministries of compassion and justice in a changing world. PSR’s mission is rooted in our“tradition of boldness,” dedicated to educating all people to serve as forces for positive social change and service to the people of God.

For more than a hundred years, PSR has been offering courses in the summertime. Summer Session is an integral part of our mission.  Every year we offer courses designed to appeal to spiritual seekers, artists, retirees, clergy, lay leaders, teachers, seminary students, community leaders – to all who want to be part of “building the beloved community.”

Laurie Isenberg
Director of Community and Continuing Education

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July 14, 2014
July 18, 2014
Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley CA United States
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