SRS 5107 Fall 2013
The Origins of Christianity:
The Gospel of John and the Construction of Community
Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30, DMS 9161
Instructor: Dr. Adele Reinhartz, Office: DMS 10118, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will focus on the “Johannine community,” that is, the group within which and for which the Gospel of John was likely written. The main focus will be on the use of the Gospel as evidence of early or proto-Christian identity construction, including the representation of Jews and Judaism.
Weekly participation: 25%
Book Review and Analysis: 20%. Due: November 5
Presentation: 15% Dec
Final paper: 40% December 10
Course Outline Readings will be distributed electronically.
Week 1: Introduction and Historical context- Reinhartz, Fortress Introduction
Week 2: Language of community- Conway, JBL121/3 (2002) 479-495
Week 3: Demographics: Samaritans, Gentiles, Jews-Edwin Freed, Novum Testamentum, 1970. Meeks, “Man from Heaven.” Bauckham.
Week 4: The love commandment- Talbert, Kanagaraj
Week 5: Rituals and practices- Neyrey, Carter, Reinhartz
Week 6: The rhetoric of binary opposition- Mowry
Week 7: The ioudaioi- Mason, Schwartz, Sheridan
Week 8: Becoming an aposynagogos
Week 9: Evidence of the epistles and patristic literature
Week 10: Conclusion
Week 11: Presentations
Book Review. Due date: November 5. Length: 2500-3000 words
Topic: J. L. Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel. 3rd Edition. Amazon.com or Abebooks.
A. Main hypothesis (50-100 words). B. Methodology and Assumptions (300-500). C. Argument (300-500). D. Analysis: Is the argument convincing? If so, why? If not, why not? (1000-1500 words)