SBL 2014

Sessions and Papers related to Johannine Literature
to be presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
San Diego, CA - November 21-25, 2014

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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 for 2014: The Johannine Literature section is sponsoring three session to which presenters are invited to submit papers for consideration: an open session to which any paper on a topic related to the Gospel of John may be submitted, a session entitled "Alternate Views of the Johannine Epistles" and a joint session with the Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Christianity section on Apocalyptic and the Johannine Gospel. The section is also sponsoring a panel on characterization that is by invitation.

Program for 2014:

S22-325 – Johannine Literature
11/22/2014, 4:00 to 6:30 PM, Room 11 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center
Alicia Myers, Campbell University Divinity School, Presiding

Michael Whitenton, Baylor University
The Ironical Man of John 3: Nicodemus, Rhetoric, and Ancient Stock Characters (29 min)
Mark Matson, Milligan College
Foreshadowing and Realization: Key Elements in John’s Narrative Construction (29 min)
Laura J. Hunt, Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant - University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Ecce home or Hic vir? Translation and Allusion in Jn 19:5 (29 min)
Break (5 min)
Kasper B. Larsen, Aarhus Universitet
Epistemological Reciprocity in The Gospel of John (29 min)
Priya Paul, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Who Are the alloi in Jn 4:38? A Critical Review (29 min)

S24-229 – Johannine Literature
Joint Session with Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
11/24/2014, 1:00 to 3:30 PM, Room 11 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center
Theme: Apocalyptic and the Johannine Gospel
Urban Von Wahlde, Loyola University of Chicago, Presiding

Catrin Williams, Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant - University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
John's Gospel and Jewish Apocalyptic: Some Recent Trends and New Possibilities (30 min)
Benjamin Reynolds, Tyndale University College (Toronto)
The Apocalyptic Framework of the Gospel of John: The Fourth Gospel's Affinity with the Jewish Apocalypses (30 min)
Break (5 min)
Jörg Frey, Universität Zürich
Heavenly Abodes, the Parusia, and the Hope for the Final Communion with Christ in John (30 min)
Craig Koester, Luther Seminary
"Now Is the Judgment of This World" (John 12:31): Apocalyptic Perspectives on the Judgment Theme in John's Gospel (30 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S24-320 – Johannine Literature
11/24/2014, 4:00 to 6:30 PM, Room 25 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center
Theme: Characterization in the Gospel of John
Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Presiding

Christopher W. Skinner, Mount Olive University
Toward a Theory of Character for Interpreting the Gospel of John (20 min)
Cornelis Bennema, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
The Scope and Limitations of Using a Uniform Approach to Character in the Gospel of John (20 min)
Alicia D. Myers, Campbell University Divinity School
Topographies of Person: Mapping Ancient Characterization in the Gospel of John (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Steven A. Hunt, Gordon College, Francois Tolmie, University of the Free State and Ruben Zimmermann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Methods, Trends, Results (20 min)
Francis J. Moloney, Australian Catholic University
The Final Appearance: Characters in John 20 (and 21) (20 min)
James L. Resseguie, Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Character and Point of View: The Beloved Disciple as Test Case (20 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S25-123 – Johannine Literature
11/25/2014, 9:00 to 11:30 AM
Room 25 B (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Alternate Views of the Johannine Epistles
Jo-Ann Brant, Goshen College, Presiding

Pheme Perkins, Boston College
Sin and Otherness in the Johannine Epistles (25 min)
George van Kooten, Groningen University
The Explicit Anti-Pagan Polemics of 1 John (25 min)
Break (5 min)
Beth M. Stovell, Ambrose Seminary
Love One Another and Love the World: The Love Command and Jewish Ethics in the Johannine Community (25 min)
Julian V. Hills, Marquette University
Cult, Hope, and Love in 1 John 3 (25 min)
Duane Watson, Malone University, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (20 min)

Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
Prof. Kasper B. Larsen (
Prof. Jo-Ann A. Brant (

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