SBL 2001

Sessions and Papers related to Johannine Literature
presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
Denver, CO - November 17-20, 2001

Official Sessions Sponsored and Co-Sponsored 
by the Johannine Literature Section:

JOHANNINE LITERATURE SECTION:  S19-15 (Monday, Nov. 19, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Presiding: Francisco Lozada, Jr., University of the Incarnate Word

Jaime A. Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology
The Word(s) of the Word in the Fourth Gospel [abstract]

Arthur J. Droge, University of California, San Diego
Sabbath Work [abstract]

Elizabeth J. Danna, Independent Scholar, Burlington, Ontario
Pilate in the Gospel of John [abstract]

Beth M. Sheppard, Southwestern College, KS
Behold Your Son: John 19:26-27 and Guardian Relationships in the Roman World [abstract]

Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley
The Ioudaioi in John and the Prehistory of "Judaism" [abstract]

JOHANNINE LITERATURE SECTION:  S19-55  (Monday, Nov. 19, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM)

Presiding: Felix Just, S.J., Loyola Marymount University

Susan Burnett, Snow College
Holistic Narrative Theory and the Feast Plus Miracle at Cana [abstract]

Benedict Thomas Viviano, University of Fribourg, 
John's Use of Matthew: Beyond Tweaking [abstract]

Panel Review of Tom Thatcher and Robert Fortna, eds., Jesus in Johannine Tradition: New Directions (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001).  [table of contents]


Thomas Thatcher, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Introduction (5 minutes)
Paula Fredriksen, Boston University, Panelist (10 minutes)
Robert Kysar, Candler School of Theology, Panelist (10 minutes)
Gregory J. Riley, Claremont School of Theology, Panelist (10 minutes)
Robert T. Fortna, Vassar College, Respondent (5 mintues)

Panel Discussion 
General Discussion 

S20-15  (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Theme: Intertextuality and the Gospels

Papers for this session will be summarized rather than read; full papers are available at

Presiding: David Landry, University of St. Thomas

Shawn Kelley, Daemen College
Intertextuality and the Gospels: An Introduction [abstract]  [FULL TEXT in HTML format]

Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Mark, John, and Answerability: Aspects of Interfluentiality Between the Second and Fourth Gospels [abstract]  [FULL TEXT in HTML format]

Mark A. Matson, Milligan College
Intertextuality and the Relationship Between John and the Synoptics [abstract]  [FULL TEXT in PDF format]

Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger, Jesuit School of Theology/GTU Berkeley
Characterization at the Crossroads [abstract] [FULL TEXT in HTML format]

Mary Ann Tolbert, Pacific School of Religion - Respondent

Adeline Fehribach, Spalding University - Respondent



CALL for PAPERS  (from December, 2000)

A joint session, co-sponsored with the Synoptic Gospels Section, will consist of invited papers on the topic of intertextuality, especially with regard to theories of intertextuality that push beyond the questions of "sources" to issues of influence--ancient and modern. 

The regular sessions are open.  We welcome all proposals on all aspects of Johannine literature. We especially encourage proposals on the relationship between globalization and John, particularly on how John interfaces with the benefits and curses, or both, of globalization. For more information, see below.

Proposals for the two open sessions should preferably be sent via e-mail to: 
Francisco Lozada, Jr. (  and  Adele Reinhartz (

Hard copies of abstracts and participation forms should be sent to:
Francisco Lozada, Jr., University of the Incarnate Word
Box 328, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
(FAX) 210/829-3880,  (Office) 210/283-5051

Extra Information about the Topic "Globalization and John"  (postponed until 2002 Annual Meeting)

Globalization has been hailed as a blessing, or a curse, or both.

  • Its supporters tabulate endless lists of its benefits:  instant communications, inexpensive travel, international co-operation, expanded economic markets, better standards of living, lower costs of living, etc.

  • Others pronounce it a curse:  a faceless enemy to billions of people, an unethical profit-driven system, one that increasingly marginalizes the powerless by putting more and more power in the hands of a few elites.

  • Indeed, for many postcolonial critics, globalization is another face of the empire.

How would one read the Gospel and Epistles of John in the light of these debates?

  • Can John offer us a better model of a human-faced globalization, or a curse-ladden one, or both? 

  • How do we, as readers of John, fit in this scheme of things?  Have we been aided by globalization, or harmed by it?  Have we cooperated with it or worked against it?

This section seeks papers to begin a thorough study of one of the fundamental settings that will increasingly inform our reading of John and of the Bible in general.  It seeks to begin a study of both John and globalization in the light of each other. It seeks to understand our place within the globalizing engines of our world.

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