This course explores John’s Gospel by examining its contexts, purpose, view of Jesus’ identity and works, theological message and contemporary relevance. A comparison of the Fourth Gospel with the Synoptic Gospels will reveal the distinctiveness of John. The Interpretation of selected passages will help identify ways in which the revelation imparted in the life of Jesus, interpreted for the Johannine community, speaks to our situations today.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Peter Ajer

Peter Claver Ajer holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Graduate Theological Union, with an allied field in Political Science (Peace and Conflict Studies). Dr. Ajer has taught as guest lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and in New Testament at Holy Names University. He has been visiting lecturer at University of the Pacific, adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California and is currently part of the adjunct faculty in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Francisco. He is the author of The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.