About the Biblical Study Break: A Narrative Journey in Johannine Theology course
‘These things have been written that you may believe’ (John 20:31).
This biblical study break will take you on a journey of discovery to illustrate how the writing of the Johannine narrative is skilfully crafted by vivid characterisation which develops the Gospel’s theological message of belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Beginning with an overview of the basics of narrative theology, students will journey into John’s literary world through a close reading of the biblical text in which dramatic characterisations combined with various literary devices highlight the Gospel’s main theological themes. Jesus’s consecutive and contrasting encounters with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman in John 3 & 4 dramatise the Johannine worldview of seeing, knowing, receiving and believing the Son sent from the Father.
At the centre is Jesus’s Christological representation as Son of God, Messiah, Saviour, Prophet, Teacher, Life-giver, Witness, Judge, and Lord of the harvest. In sessions enhanced with cinematic depictions, students will observe how characterisations in the Gospel unfold alongside the Johannine theology of eternal life, salvation, new birth, belief, Spirit of God, kingdom of God, truth, worship, light, darkness, love, hate, reception, rejection, and eschatological judgment.
This study of Johannine characterisation combined with a kaleidoscope of imageries, metaphors and symbols, will train students how to analyse the biblical text at a deeper theological level which leads to transformative revelation.
There are five places available on a first-come, first-served basis via the Salisbury CMD Programme. If you are eligible please use the green link at right.
Dr Adesola (Sola) Akala is a Fellow of St John’s College, Durham University and a New Testament scholar with a theological focus. Her work covers the gospels of John and Luke, the Pauline Epistles, as well as theologies of prayer and glory. Her published works include The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John (London: T&T Clark, 2014), and Exploring the Glory of God: New Horizons for a Theology of Glory. Editor. (Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic Press, 2020). Sola’s experience as a minister spans decades of international preaching and teaching in nations across Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and Australia. She is committed to the mission of advancing biblical literacy and spiritual development in the body of Christ. Sola is also the director of Doxa Consultancy, an academic service aimed at supporting biblical-theological students and authors engaged in research and writing projects.
Sessions may be a mixture of lectures, small group work and guided self study. All course participants have access to the library for the duration of the course.