SBL 2014

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

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Program of the Johannine Literature Section

S22-325 – Johannine Literature
11/22/2014, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Alicia Myers, Campbell University Divinity School, Presiding

  • Michael Whitenton, Baylor University
    The Ironical Man of John 3: Nicodemus, Rhetoric, and Ancient Stock Characters
  • Mark Matson, Milligan College
    Foreshadowing and Realization: Key Elements in John’s Narrative Construction
  • 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
  • Kasper B. Larsen, Aarhus Universitet
    Epistemological Reciprocity in The Gospel of John
  • Priya Paul, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Who Are the alloi in Jn 4:38? A Critical Review

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

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)
  • 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

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)
  • 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

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)
  • 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)

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 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.

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

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