The Gospel According to John, or the “Fourth Gospel,” has long been a favorite of Christian readers of scripture. Ancient readers, like the second-century teacher, Clement of Alexandria, called it the “spiritual gospel,” more focused than Matthew, Mark, and Luke on the spiritual significance of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel’s presentation of the life of Jesus, as well as its theological perspective, is distinctive, portraying Jesus as the one who reveals and represents God to the world. It has constantly challenged and inspired Christian readers to reflect on their own commitment to God and to his Word Incarnate. It is our hope that this study will aid you on this exciting journey of reflection and discovery.
Meet Our Professors
Harold Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He holds degrees from Boston College (B.A), Cambridge University (M.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.).
David Bartlett, J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School, is the author of several books including Fact and Faith, The Shape of Scriptural Authority, Between the Bible and the Church, and What’s Good About This News? Preaching from the Gospels and Galatians. He is also the co-editor of the Westminster Bible Companion and Feasting on the Word commentary series. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College (B.A) and Yale University (B.D, Ph.D.), and is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.