This course will introduce students to the spirituality and theology of the Fourth Gospel as well as current Johannine scholarship, with a particular focus on reading the gospel in light of mimetic theory. Students will gain a thorough methodological understanding of mimetic theory and learn to apply the theory to particular passages in John in order to illuminate questions of suffering and theories of atonement. By paying special attention to four Johannine pericopes (the Call of Nathanael, the Man Born Blind, the Raising of Lazarus, and the Passion Narrative), students will analyze how the Johannine Jesus responds to the human propensity to blame by inviting readers into the abundant life as the divine forgiving victim. Intended for MDiv and MA students.