Megan Owens will be teaching an eight week session on the Gospel of John for adult education, starting Sunday September 10. This series will focus on the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Hebrew Scriptures. Emphasis will be placed on the issues of audience, the use of the term "the Jews" and its abusive consequences, the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and the ways this event restructured Judaism, and affected early Christianity, and ways this Gospel models "a community of friends" and how modern readers can relate to becoming such a community. The foundations for discussion during this session will be based on Wolfgang Roth's hypothesis that the Gospel of John uses as its model an inversion of the "Law and the Prophets" as found in the Hebrew Scriptures.
The class will be roughly divided into sessions on (relating to 1 Kings 17 - 2 Kings 13), (relating to Deuteronomy), (relating to Numbers), (relating to Leviticus), (relating to Exodus) and (relating to Genesis).
Copies of the articles (Roth, Wolfgang; "Narrative Strategies of the Evangelists: a series of six articles on the Old Testament and the Gospels"; The Bible Today: Scripture for Life and Ministry; January 1992 - November 1992; Liturgical Press, St. John's Abbey, MN) mentioned above, as well as relevant portions of the following sources will be made available to potential participants in mid-August.
The New Interpreters Bible volume on John will provide a good overview and introduction to commentary and some interesting insights.
A class syllabus is available.
Megan Owens is Program Administrator at the Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary. She holds an MDIV degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Her undergraduate degree is from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI where she majored in Theatre and Religion. In recent years, she has been pursuing her interest in performance and directing at local theatres. She has lectured on the nature of art, focusing on theatre, and spirituality for diverse faith communities in the Washington area. She also served as Interim Chaplain at Asbury Methodist Village, following her CPE internship there in 1996.
Megan grew up in Washington, DC and, although she has travelled extensivley since then, still consideres herself a "Townie." She has lived in Takoma Park, MD for the past 2 1/2 years and finds it a lovely place to live. She is an avid biker who also enjoys traveling, reading and hiking. While growing up she attended Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown and still considers it her formative faith community.