SBL 2012

Sessions and Papers related to Johannine Literature
presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
Chicago, IL - November 17-20, 2012

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Program of the Johannine Literature Section

S18-228: Johannine Literature
11/18/2012, 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Theme: The Use of Scripture in Johannine Literature
Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University, Presiding

  • Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology
    Scripture Cannot Be Broken: The Social Function of the Use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel (30 min)
  • Ruth Sheridan, Charles Sturt University
    'The Testimony of Two Witnesses' - Intertextuality and John 8:17 (30 min)
  • Alicia Myers, United Theological Seminary
    A Voice in the Wilderness: The Testimony of John in Rhetorical Perspective (30 min)
  • Bruce Schuchard, Concordia Seminary
    Form versus Function: Citation Technique and Authorial Intention in the Gospel of John (30 min)
  • Discussion (25 min)

S18-323a: Johannine Literature
11/18/2012, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Theme: Johannine Scholarship Today: Global and Local Perspectives
This session is running on its second year and will continue in 2013.
Kasper Bro Larsen, Aarhus University, Presiding

  • Gilbert Van Belle, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Johannine Scholarship in Dutch-Speaking Belgium and the Netherlands (30 min)
  • Jan G. van der Watt, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Johannine Scholarship in Africa (30 min)
  • Yak-Hwee Tan, Taiwan Theological College and Seminary
    Johannine Scholarship in East Asia (30 min)
  • Udo Schnelle, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
    Johannine Scholarship in the German-Speaking World (30 min)
  • Discussion (25 min)

S19-142: Johannine Literature
Joint Session with Rhetoric and the New Testament
11/19/2012, 9:00 to 10:45 AM
Theme: Panel discussion of George L. Parsenios' Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif (Mohr Siebeck)
In addition to examining Parsenios' argument about the particular forms of rhetoric found in the Gospel of John, the session will discuss the rhetorical redeployment of drama and tragedy within gospel narratives in general.

  • Derek Tovey, Saint John's College (Auckland), Presiding
  • George Parsenios, Princeton Theological Seminary, Panelist
  • Jo-Ann Brant, Goshen College, Panelist
  • Uta Poplutz, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Panelist
  • Greg Carey, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Panelist
  • Sarah Nooter, University of Chicago, Panelist

S19-227: Johannine Literature
11/19/2012, 1:00 to 3:30 PM
George Parsenios, Princeton Theological Seminary, Presiding

  • Dorothy Lee, MCD University of Divinity
    Witness in the Fourth Gospel: John the Baptist and the Beloved Disciple as Counterparts (30 min)
  • Benjamin Reynolds, Tyndale University College
    The Johannine Jesus and Angelic Mediators in Jewish Apocalypses (30 min)
  • Nijay K Gupta, Seattle Pacific University
    Gloria in Profundis: Comparing Ben Sira and John on the Glory of Moses and Jesus (30 min)
  • Susan Miller, University of Glasgow
    "Among You Stands One Whom You Do Not Know" (John 1:26): The Use of the Tradition of the Hidden Messiah in the Fourth Gospel (30 min)
  • Toan Do, Sacred Heart School of Theology
    Concerning the Sin(s) or the Salvation of the Whole World? A Context-Critical Reading of 1 John 2:2 (30 min)


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Johannine Literature Section

Program Unit Description: Our mission is to address issues and concerns having to do with the analysis and interpretation of the Johannine literature--a major component of the Christian Scriptures, encompassing for our purposes the Gospel of John and the three Johannine letters. The section has historically been committed to highlighting new voices and issues in the field.

Call for Papers: In Chicago (2012) the Johannine Literature Section will host three sessions. Two are by invitation and deal with "Johannine Scholarship Today - Global and Local Perspectives" and "The Use of Scripture in The Fourth Gospel." The third session is open and we invite paper proposals on any subject related to the Gospel and Letters of John. Paper proposers focusing strictly on Johannine literature as a possible source for historical Jesus research, however, are kindly requested to submit their proposal to the John, Jesus, and History Group. In addition, the Johannine Literature section and the Rhetoric and the New Testament are co-sponsoring a panel discussion of George L. Parsenios' book, Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif (Mohr Siebeck, 2010).

Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
Prof. Kyle Keefer, Converse College (
Prof. Kasper B. Larsen (


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