Have you ever noticed that anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? (George Carlin)


REL 208: Final exam


1) Terms (25%): identify 25 of 30 terms for which a brief description will be given (a list of all the terms will be provided)


2) Passage identifications (21%): for 7 of 9 passages from the Gospel According to John identify the chapter from which they are quoted


3) Short-answer Qs (24%): more details the better


4) 1 essay or 2 essays (30%): more details the better; open-book/notes



For review


Quiz 1, Quiz 2, and Quiz 3 (NB the R-drive files with answers)


highlighted terms on the R-drive



Questions you should be ready to answer (see the R-drive file for more information & tips):


What are the main contents of chap. ___ in the Gospel According to John? What significance do they have for the entire Gospel? How do they relate to the other parts of the Gospel?


What are John's theological tendencies?


What are key words, concepts, and themes in John? What significance do they have for understanding John? How are they interrelated?


What is the significance of “light” in John?


Compare the Nicodemus narrative and the Samaritan woman narrative.


Discuss the main contents of Jn 6 and their significance.


Compare the portrayal of Jesus in the Gospel According to John with that found in the Synoptics.


What are the Book of Signs and the Book of Glory? How are they related?


What is the significance of the Prologue (Jn 1.1–18)? What are some important themes in it that recur throughout the Gospel?


Discuss one of the seven signs and its significance for understanding John.


Compare the Passion Narrative (Jn 18.1–19.42) with that in the Synoptics.


Discuss some of the major contents of the Last Discourse (Jn 13.1–17.26) and their significance.


What is (are) the purpose(s) of John? Defend and elaborate your answer.


What is the most significant insight you gained through a close reading of John? Why?



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Optional oral exam (see note in syllabus)


The optional oral examination will cover the same materials as outlined above. You will be permitted to pass on 1 question only. You may be asked to pursue one question in depth and relate it to other issues covered in the course, or we may cover 2 or more questions as time allows.


If you wish, during the exam you may use any books, including the Bible. Caveat: time will be very precious.


The evaluation of your responses will follow the A-F scale as stipulated in the syllabus.

For a C (satisfactory), you need to demonstrate your general knowledge of the topics covered by the questions with as much detail as you can remember.

For a B (superior), you need to demonstrate 1) your mastery of some relevant terminology and 2) your ability to make connections between the questions and other related topics covered during the semester (e.g., other biblical, historical, or theological issues).

For an A (outstanding), you need to demonstrate mastery of details related to the questions (e.g., biblical passages, people, places, historical events, technical or theological terms).

The more details, (biblical) examples, terms, and knowledge of Brown's books you include in your responses, the better.