SAS 465 and SAS 802: JOHANNINE WRITINGS
Fall Semester, 2017
Mondays: 6:30 - 9:10 PM
Instructor: Fr. Jude Surowiec, OFM Conv.
110 Cyman Drive
Chicopee, MA 01013
1, Course Description
This course covers the Fourth Gospel, the three Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation. Topics include the unique character of John’s Gospel in relation to the Synoptics and theories of authorship. While the course will treat the entire Johannine corpus, the main part of the course will focus on the particularly Johannine presentation concerning the person and mission of Jesus as expressed in the Gospel. Topics dealing with the theological ideas and the spirituality of these writings will also be examined.
2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes
3. Course Schedule
The schedule below is intended to provide the student with an experience of scriptural analysis as well as the means to investigate topics in an exegetical and theological manner. The format, based on assigned readings, will challenge the student to articulate the various insights of scholars as well as the personal reflections of students concerning the passages being covered.
Suggested Readings are all taken from St. John: The Navarre Bible (TNB)
Recommended readings from other commentaries (cf. #6 below)
August 28 - Syllabus Review and Course Introduction
September 4 - LABOR DAY: NO LECTURE
September 11 - Preliminary Questions: “Authorship” and
Background of the Fourth Gospel;
Relationship between the Fourth Gospel
And the Synoptic Gospels;
September 18 - Structure and Characteristics of the Gospel
According to John;
JOHN 1-2 (Prologue…The First “Sign”)
September 25 - JOHN 3-5 (Nicodemus…Samaritan Woman
At the Well)
October 2 - JOHN 6 (Bread of Life Discourse)
Topic & Preliminary Bibliography Due
October 9 - JOHN 7-9
REFLECTION PAPER DUE
October 16 - RESEARCH WEEK: NO LECTURE
October 23 - JOHN 10-12
October 30 - RESEARCH WEEK: NO LECTURE
November 6 - JOHN 13-15
November 13 - JOHN 16-19
SEMESTER RESEARCH PAPER DUE !!!
November 20 - JOHN 20-21
November 27 - Book of REVELATION
December 4 - Final Exam
Dates to Remember
October 2 - Topic & Preliminary Bibliography Due
October 9 - REFLECTION PAPER DUE
November 13 - SEMESTER RESEARCH PAPER DUE
December 4 - Final Exam
4. Course Requirements
FOR ALL STUDENTS (SAS 465 and SAS 802)
Semester Research Paper: The student is to select any topic related to any area of Johannnine Literature. Upon approval by the instructor, the student is to engage in a more in-depth study of the topic that a survey course can cover. The result of such research is to be formulated in an eight to twelve page paper which is due by class on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13th.
FOR STUDENTS enrolled in SAS 802
The Reflection Paper is to consist of a three to five page essay on one of the “I AM Discourses” in the Gospel according to John. This Reflection Paper is due on MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th.
5. Required Reading and Resources
The Gospel according to John
The Book of Revelation
6. SOME IMPORTANT COMMENTARIES
Brown, Raymond E., S.S., The Gospel According to John, Anchor Bible Series, Two Volumes
Maloney, Francis J., S.D.B., The Gospel of John, Sacra Pagina Series
Schnackenburg, Rudolf, The Gospel According to St. John, Herder’s Theological Commentaries, Three Volumes
St. John: The Navarre Bible
Semester Research Paper………………………….…40% (50%)
Final Exam……………………………………………….20% (35%)
8. Disabilities Accommodations Policy
Holy Apostles College and Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Chris Apodaca, the Disabilities Office Coordinator, at email@example.com, or 860 632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them.
9. Academic Honesty Policy
Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else’s work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else’s expression of ideas for another’s personal advancement: that is, it entails the use ofa person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Students, where applicable:
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:
Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.
10. Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend all classes unless properly excused.
11. Incomplete Policy
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
To request an Incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “incomplete” status of the student.
Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An Incomplete grade(I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed. Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course
A “W” (*Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
12. About your Instructor
Rev. Jude Surowiec, OFM Conv., is an adjunct professor of Sacred Scripture at Holy Apostles College & Seminary.