Syllabus: SS 665 St. John
2008 Fall, Boettcher
An exegetical course to study a NT book/epistle line-by-line, to learn and apply principles for interpretation, while coming to understand and apply what God is telling us through the text. Constant reference will be made to the integration of the text into the faith life of the Church.
We will simply read the Gospel ffrom one end to the other, expanding on certain passages and introducing various material relevant to understanding it.
The main point of the paper is to learn to apply the principles and methods of the course to text in a way relevant to Christian life. This could take several forms, for example: 1) a homily or reflection, together with the method and materials used in preparation (ie. not just the homily, but how you prepared for it, and what principles you applied to interpreting the text, and what sources/commentaries you consulted); 2) a thematic study, like ‘Healing in John’ or ‘Seeing is Believing’; 3) a word study, like ‘Titles of Christ and the Progress of Faith’ or ‘John’s use of Present and Past tense’; 4) a textual study, such as comparing two translations and their different effects on our understanding of Christ’s life and teaching. You are free to propose other work to the professor.