Course Information

Come discover the richness of the Gospel of John whose uniqueness and layers of mystery, artistry and riddles continue to grip its readers at every turn. Tradition assigns the eagle as the symbol for the Gospel of John because only the soaring eagle can stare straight into the sun. Clement of Alexandria, a second century theologian, said this: “Last of all, John, perceiving that the external facts had been made plain in the [other] Gospels, and being urged by his friends and inspired by the Spirit, composed a spiritual Gospel.” Another sage describes John as shallow enough for the child to wade in, deep enough for an elephant to swim. No matter whether you have just splashed around in John or have dived into deeper waters, you will have much to explore for your life in this course.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins Sep 13, 2017 and runs weekly at 12PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Sep 13 – Session 1
  • Sep 20 – Session 2
  • Sep 27 – Session 3
  • Oct 4 – Session 4
  • Oct 11 – Session 5
  • Oct 18 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Reading John for Dear Life
Jamie Clark-Soles
Westminster John-Knox 2016

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About The Instructor

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. from Stetson University where she focused on both Philosophy and Russian Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. Her particular areas of expertise and publication include:

  • the Johannine literature (the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; and Revelation)
  • Evil, Suffering, Death, and Afterlife
  • Disability Studies and the Bible
  • Women in the Bible
  • Immersion trips to Israel and Palestine

She is the author of numerous books and essays. Her books include Reading John for Dear Life: A Spiritual Walk with the Fourth Gospel (2016), Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer (WJK, 2010); Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2006); and Scripture Cannot Be Broken: The Social Function of the Use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel (Brill, 2003). She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health. Her essay on “Disability and the Johannine Literature” will appear in the book Disability and the Bible: A Commentary (Baylor University Press, 2017). She is the New Testament editor of the new CEB Women’s Bible and currently she is completing a book entitled Women in the Bible for the Interpretation commentary series.

Dr. Clark-Soles is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and serves on the editorial board of the the journal Teaching in Theology and Religion, which is associated with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology ( She is a member of the Christian Leadership Initiative, which meets at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem ( The program equips participants to do reasoned, collaborative, interfaith/interreligious work in a religiously pluralistic world.

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