“The Gospel of John: Anti-Jewish or Radical Jewish Sectarianism?”

San Diego, 22 November 2019

1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Room: 23A (Upper Level East) – Convention Center

Theme: “The Gospel of John: Anti-Jewish or Radical Jewish Sectarianism?”


A four-hour workshop with Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa) and Gabriele Boccaccini (University of Michigan), chaired by Deborah Forger (Dartmouth College).

The relationship between the Gospel of John and Early Judaism has long been contested. In this colloquium, a group of Johannine scholars and Second Temple specialists will discuss the extent to which John’s Gospel can be seen as a Jewish text, with special attention to the Gospel’s use of the term Ioudaioi as well as the question of John’s relationship to the so-called “parting of the ways” between Judaism and Christianity.

The workshop will take as its starting point Adele Reinhartz’s new book Cast Out of the Covenant (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), as well as the volume edited by Benjamin Reynolds and Gabriele Boccaccini, Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism (Brill, 2018). Reinhartz and Boccaccini will open with some brief comments and then there will be a panel of respondents, who will introduce the general discussion where all invited participants will be asked to act as respondents.

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