Johannine Themes and Social Justice
by John Traxler

An Annotated Social Justice Bibliography

Prime Source:

The HarperCollins Study Bible (NRSV).  New York: HarperCollins, 1993.
Johannine Commentaries Pertinent to Social Justice Issues:
Howard-Brook, Wes. Becoming Children of God: John's Gospel and Radical Discipleship. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1999.
Literary/narrative analysis method applied to discernment of and comment on radical social justice themes in the Fourth Gospel. This commentary comes out of a community which has "walked the walk," and reflects extensive studies of the method and scripture. Good bibliography arranged by categories.
Karris, Robert J., OFM. Jesus and the Marginalized in St. John's Gospel. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990.
Exegesis and commentary on themes of marginalization in Fourth Gospel. Sections on the poor, uneducated, handicapped, geographically isolated, women, and religion, including first-century Johannine community perspectives and 20th century viewpoints. Good bibliography.
Malina, Bruce J., and Richard L. Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
Social-scientific analysis, interpretation, and commentary on Fourth Gospel. Examines social systems (antisociety vs. dominant society), cultural contexts, and underlying language (anti-language vs. language) via established models and scenario norms and values, to discern the underlying Gospel meanings. Recontextualization issues. Bibliography with limited justice value.
Johannine Studies Pertinent to Social Justice Issues:
Ashton, John, ed. The Interpretation of John. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1997.
A collection of fourteen essays written between 1923 and 1993 (mostly since 1962). A mixture of historical criticism (9) and literary criticism (5) commenting on Fourth Gospel.  Chapters 11 and 13 address feminist issues. Bibliography has limited justice value.  John is cross-referenced to text.
Brown, Raymond E. The Community of the Beloved Disciple. New York: Paulist, 1979.
Historical analysis and interpretation of the Fourth Gospel.
Culpepper, R. Alan. Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study of Literary Design. Philadephia: Fortress, 1987.
Literary criticism, narrative analysis and interpretation of the Fourth Gospel (Narrator, Narrator Point of View, Narrative Time, Plot, Characters, Implicit Commentary, The Implied Reader). Bibliography has limited justice value.
Rensberger, David K. Johannine Faith and Liberating Community. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1988.
Historical analysis and interpretation of the Fourth Gospel. Good social justice themes and good bibliography.
Related Works:
Elliott, John H. What is Social-Scientific Criticism? Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.
General social-scientific theory, heavily method centered (Social-scientific Analysis of NT, Method, Practitioners, Foci, Details of Method, Presuppositions, Procedures, Example Application with 1 Peter). Appendices with limited Johannine application. Bibliography with limited Johannine references.
Henriot, Peter J., Edward P. DeBerri, and Michael J. Schultheis. Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.
Outlines of select Church documents on general Social Doctrine; general bibliography of Church documents on general Social Doctrine; other bibliography and references, but no scripture references.
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