Nov. 5 Scripture Day to take a
closer look at John’s Gospel
Father Felix Just, SJ, PhD
The day is will be presented by Father Felix Just, SJ, PhD, Director of Biblical Education at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.
The Gospel of John is different from the other three Gospels. One way John shows this is his writing about the Spirit. Already by the year 200, John’s Gospel was called the spiritual gospel precisely because it told the story of Jesus in symbolic ways that differ sharply at times from the other three. For example, Jesus dies on a different day in John’s gospel than in Matthew, Mark and Luke.... Whereas in the three synoptic gospels, Jesus actually eats a Passover meal before he dies, in John’s gospel he doesn’t. The last supper is actually eaten before the beginning of Passover. Why is the story so different? How do we account for these differences in terms of the way the story-telling developed?
After receiving his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University, Father Just taught at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, and was also director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality at LMU for several years. He now regularly teaches courses for LMU Extension, the “Ecclesia” program of Mount St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles), the Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Deacon Formation programs of the Diocese of Las Vegas, and the Catholic Bible Institutes of several dioceses in California.
He gives many public lectures on a wide variety of biblical and liturgical topics, and often leads biblically-based days of prayer, parish missions, and weekend or week-long retreats. He is webmaster for the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and also maintains his own large internationally recognized website of “Catholic Resources.”