Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor John Painter

Professor John Painter

BD (London), ThSchol (ACT), PhD (Durham), FAHA, Centenary Medal

Educated in NSW country where tennis, cricket and athletics became the most important school activities and remained formative life influences, along with the love of mountains and sea, boats, canoes and kayaks. I studied theology in Sydney, London and Durham (UK). My grasp on reality is enriched by modern art, particularly the sculpture of Rodin, the paintings of Turner, Monet, Feininger, the Heidelberg School, Arthur Boyd, and Emily Kingwarreye. A lover of music from Monteverdi to Philip Glass, Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. As far as possible I try to live, breathe, and work in the context of music.

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Teaching

  • Early Judaism
  • Early Christianity
  • Contemporary Christian Thought.

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Publications

Books

John:  Witness and Theologian, SPCK London 1975, pp. xiv+160. Second revised edition, SPCK London 19792. Third revised edition, Beacon Hill Books, Melbourne, 19863.

Theology as Hermeneutics:  Rudolf Bultmann's Interpretation of the History of Jesus, Sheffield Academic Press, 1987, pp. xiv + 265.

The Quest for the Messiah: The History, Literature and Theology of the Johannine Community, T&T Clark 1991, pp. xiv + 425. Second revised and enlarged edition, T&T Clark and Abingdon 19932, pp. xvii + 500.

Mark's Gospel: Worlds in Conflict, Routledge, 1997, pp. xviii+245.

Just James: The Brother of Jesus in History and Tradition, University of South Carolina, 1997, pp. xiv+326. Fortress Press and T & T Clark Editions 1999. Second Edition revised and enlarged, University of South Carolina, 2004, pp. xxxi+399.

1, 2 and 3 John, SacraPagina Volume 18, Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press (2002), xx + 411. Corrected Paperback edition 2008.

James. Paideia, Baker Academic. 2012.

Chapters in Books

"Eschatological Faith in the Gospel of John" in Reconciliation and Hope, ed. R.J. Banks , Paternoster Press and Eerdmans 1974, pp. 36-52.

"Christ and the Church in John 1.45-51" in L'Evangile de Jean, ed. by M. de Jonge, Leuven University Press 1977,, pp. 359-362.

"Paul and the Pneumatikoi at Corinth" in Paul and Paulinism, ed. by M. Hooker and S.G. Wilson, SPCK London 1982, pp. 237-250.

"Interpreting the Literature of another world:  Rudolf Bultmann", in The Bible and European Literature:  History and Hermeneutics, ed. by Eric Osborn and L. McIntosh, Academic Press, Melbourne, 1987, pp.219-229.

"The Purpose and Christology of the Fourth Gospel" in Religions and Comparative Thought , Sri Satguru Publications, Delhi, 1988, pp.387-406.

"John, Johannine Literature" in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Garlands Publications, 1990, pp. 492-495. Second Edition, Vol. 1, pp. 617-620.

"Judgment" in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Garlands Publications, 1990, pp. 508-510. Second edition, 1997, pp. Vol. 1, pp. 639-640.

"Luke" in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Garlands Publications, 1990, pp. 555-556. Second Edition, Vol. 2, pp. 698-99.

"Quest Stories in John and the Synoptics" in John and the Synoptics, Peeters, Leuven 1992, pp. 498-506.

"Tradition, History and Interpretation in John 10", in The Shepherd Discourse of John 10 and Its Context, edited by R.T. Fortna and J. Beutler (SNTSMS 69), Cambridge U.P.,1991, pp. 53-74.

"World", in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, IVP, New York, 1992, pp. 887-891. Second Edition 2013, pp. 1013-1018.

"Bread", in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, IVP, New York, 1992, pp. 83-86.

Joy", in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, IVP, New York, 1992, pp. 394-396.

"The Enigmatic Johannine Son of Man" in The Four Gospels 1992: Festschrift  for Franz Neirynck, Peeters, Leuven, 1992, pp. 1869-1887.

"John the Evangelist as Theologian" in In the Fullness of Time, Lancer Press, Sydney 1992, pp. 95-110.

"World" "Kosmos" "Worldview" in Dictionary of the Life and Letters of Paul, IVP New York, 1993, pp. 979-982.

"The Quotation of Scripture and Unbelief in John 12.36b-43" in The Gospels and the Scriptures of Israel, edited by Craig A. Evans & W.Richard Stegner, JSNTS 104, Sheffield Academic Press 1994, pp. 429-458.

"The Quest for the Messiah Revisited" in "So Great a Coud of Witnesses": Libraries and Theologies: Festschrift in Honour of Lawrence D. McIntosh., Melbourne 1995, pp. 259-274.

"Inclined to God: Bultmannian Hermeneutics and the Theology of the Fourth Gospel " in Exploring the Gospel of John: In Honour of D. Moody Smith, edited by R. Alan Culpepper & C. Clifton Black. (Louisville Kentucky: Westminster, 1996), pp. 346-368.

"Jesus and the Quest for Eternal Life" in Critical Readings of John 6 edited by R. Alan Culpepper, Brill 1997, pp. 61-94.

"The Johannine Literature" in Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament edited by S.E. Porter, Brill, 1997, pp. 555-590.

"Creation, cosmology" in Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments, edited by R.P. Martin and P.H. Davids, IVP New York 1997, pp. 250-255.

"Barrett, C(harles) K(ingsley)" in Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters edited by Donald K. McKim, IVP, Illinois and Leicester, 1998, pp. 427-432.

"John", "1—3 John" in The Access Bible, Oxford University Press: New York, 1999, NT pp. 129-169, 375-383.

"The Point of John's Christology: Christology, Community and Conflict in John" in Christology, Controversy & Community: New Testament Essays in Honour of David R. Catchpole edited by David G. Horrell and Christopher M. Tuckett, Leiden: Brill, 2000, pp. 231-252.

"Outward Decay and Inward Renewall: A Biblical Perspective on Aging," in Aging, Spirituality and Pastoral Care: A Multi-National Perspective, edited by Elizabeth MacKinlay, James W. Ellor, and Stephen Pickard, New York, London, Oxford: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2001, pp. 43-55.

"Who was James?  Footprints as a Means of Identification," in The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and his Mission, edited by Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, Louisville, London, Leiden: Westminster John Knox Press (2001), pp. 10-65.

"Word, Theology and community in John: Robert Kysar's Contribution," in Word, theology & Community in John, edited by John Painter, R. Alan Culpepper, and Fernando Segovia, St Louis: Chalice Press, 2002, pp. 1-17.

"Earth Made Whole: John's Rereading of Genesis," in Word,Theology & Community in John, edited by John Painter, R. Alan Culpepper, and Fernando Segovia, St Louis: Chalice Press, 2002, pp. 65-84.

"Rereading Genesis in the Prologue of John" in Neotestementica et Philonica: Studies in Honour of Peder Borgen, edited by D. E. Aune, T. Seland & J. H. Ulrichsen,Leiden: Brill, 2003, pp. 179-201.

"1, 2, and 3 John, Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, edited by James D. G. Dunn & J. W. Rogerson, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003, pp. 1512-1528.

"Response to Vic Pfitzner" in God Down Under: Theology in the Antipodes, edited by Winifred Wing Han Lamb and Ian Barns, Adelaide, ATF Press, 2003, pp. 81-86.

"Sacrifice and Atonement in the Gospel of John" in Israel und seine Heilstraditionen im Johannesevangelium Herausgegeben von Michael Labahn et al. Paderborn:Ferdinand Schöningh, 2004, pp. 287-313.

"James and Peter: Models of Leadership and Mission" in The Missions of James, Peter and Paul: Tensions in Early Christianity, edited by Bruce Chilton and Craig Evans,  Leiden: Brill, 2005, pp. 143-210.

"The Power of Words: Rhetoric in James and Paul" in The Missions of James, Peter and Paul: Tensions in Early Christianity, edited by Bruce Chilton and Craig Evans, Leiden: Brill, 2005, pp. 235-274.

"Monotheism and Dualism: Reconsidering Predestination in John 12:40" in Transcending Boundaries: Contemporary Readings in the New Testament, edited by Rekha M. Chennattu and Mary L. Coloe, Roma: Las, 2005, pp. 119-140.

"Monotheism and Dualism: John and Qumran, "in Theology and Christology in the Fourth Gospel: Essays by the Members of the SNTS Johannine Writings Seminar, edited by G. Van Belle,  J. G. Van Der Watt, P. Maritz,  Leuven: Peeters, 2005, pp. 225-243.

"Bultmann, Archaeology and the Historical Jesus" in Jesus and Archaeology, edited by James H. Charlesworth, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006, pp. 619-638.

"New Testament Roots of an Engaged Anglican Theology" in 'Into the World you Love' Encounteriing god in Everyday Life, edited by Graeme Garrett, Hindmarsh: ATF Press 2007, pp. 50-64.

"Memory Holds the Key: The Transformation of Memory in the Interface of History and theology in John" in John and the Jesus of History, edited by Paul Anderson et. al. , Atlanta: SBL, 2007, pp.229-245.

"The Signs of the Messiah and the Quest for Eternal Life" in What we have Seen and Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies, Waco Texas: Baylor Univerrsity Press, 2007, pp. 233-256.

"The Death of Jesus in John: A Discussion of the Tradition, History, and Theology of John" in The Death of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel edited by G. Van Belle, Leuven: Leuven University Press 2007, 327-361.

"Earth" in New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible D—H Volume 2 edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfield, Nashville: Abingdon Press 2007, pp. 172-174.

"James: Epistle of" in New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible I—Ma Volume 3 edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfield, Nashville: Abingdon Press 2008,  pp. 189-194.

"Jesus: Brothers and sisters of" in New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible I—Ma, Volume 3 edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfield, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008, pp. 293-294.

"Eternal Life" in Encyclopedia of the historical Jesus edited by Craig A. Evans, New York and London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 184-185.

"Faith" in Encyclopedia of the historical Jesus edited by Craig A. Evans, New York and London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 193-195.

"Food, Hunger" in Encyclopedia of the historical Jesus edited by Craig A. Evans, New York and London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 203-204.

"'The Light Shines in the Darkness…' Creation, Incarnation, and Resurrection in John" in The Resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of John edited by Craig Koester and Reimund Bieringer, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008, pp. 21-46.

"Matthew and John" in Matthew and his Christian Contemporaries, edited by David Sim and Boris Repschinski, London: T& T Clark International, 2008, pp. 66-86.

"A New Climate: The Theologian as a Biblical Interpreter," in Embracing Grace: The Theologian's Task: Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett. Edited by Heather Thomson. Canberra: Barton Books, 2009, pp. 51-66.

"James as the First Catholic Epistle" in The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition: A New Perspective on James to Jude, Edited by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr & Robert W. Wall,  Waco Texas: Baylor Up, 2009, pp. 161-181.

"The Johannine Epistles as Catholic Epistles," in The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition: A New Perspective on James to Jude, Edited by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr & Robert W. Wall,  Waco Texas: Baylor Up, 2009, pp. 239-305.

"Johannine Literature: The Gospel and Letters of John," in The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament.  Edited by David E. Aune . Malden& Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010, pp. 344-372.

"The Fourth Gospel and the Founder of Christianity: the place of historical tradition in the work of C.H. Dodd" in Tom Thatcher and Catrin H. Williams, Editors, Engaging with C.H. Dodd on the Gospel of John. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2013, pp. 257-284.

"Beloved Disciple" in Joel B. Green, General Editor, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels," Downers Grove Illinois: IVP Academic, 2013, pp. 69-72.

"James of Jerusalem" in Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, & Sabine B. Huebner, Editors, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 3566-3567.

"The Prologue as an Hermeneutical Key to Reading the Fourth Gospel," in Joseph Verheyden, Geert Van Oyen, Michael Labahn, Reimund Bieringer, Editors, Studies in the Gospel of John and its Christology: Festschrift Gilbert Van Belle. Leuven: Peeters, 2014, pp. 37-60.

"The Prologue of John: Bridge into a New World," in Bible, Borders, and Belongings: Engaging Readings from Oceana, edited by Jione Havea, David J. Neville, and Elaine M. Wainwright. Atlanta: SBL, 2014, pp. 73-92.

"Mark and the Pauline Mission" in Pail and Mark: Comparative Essays Part 1, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2014, pp. 527-553.

Journal Articles

Refereed Articles in International Journals

"The Church and Israel in the Gospel of John", New Testament Studies (NTS), vol. 25 (Oct. 1978), pp. 103-112.

"The Farewell Discourses and the History of Johannine Christianity", NTS, vol. 27 (July 1981), pp. 525-543.

"Christology and the History of the Johannine Community in the Prologue of the Fourth Gospel", NTS, vol. 30 (1984), pp. 460-474.

"The Opponents in 1 John", NTS, vol. 32, no. 1 (Jan. 1986), pp. 48-71.

"John 9 and the Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel", Journal for the Study of the New Testament, (JSNT)  28 (1986), pp. 31-61.

"Tradition and Interpretation in John 6", NTS  35 (1989), 421-450.

"Quest and Rejection Stories in John" JSNT  36 (1989), pp.17-46.

"Quest Stories in John 1-4" JSNT 41 (1991), pp. 33-70.

"Theology and Eschatology in the Prologue of John", Scottish Journal of Theology, Edinburgh, 46/1(1993), pp. 27-42.

"Disciples and Family in Mark 3.13-35" in New Testament Studies (45/4 October1999), 498—513.

"James the Just and Christian Origins", a review article, Novum Testamentum, XLII/4, 2000, pp.397-406.

Outward Decay and Inward Renewal: A Biblical Perspective on Aging," Journal of Religious Gerontology, Volume 12:3/4 (2001), 43-55.

"ARCIC on Mary: An Historical Consideration of the Use of the Early Church Evidence in the Seattle Statement," Journal of Anglican Studies 4/1 June 2006, 59-80.

"James as the First Catholic Epistle,"in Interpretation 60/3 July 2006, 245-259.

Refereed Articles in National Journals

"Gnosticism and the Qumran Texts", Australian Biblical Review, vol. 17 (Oct. 1969), pp.1-6.

"Gnosticism", Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, (JTSA) no. 1 (Dec. 1972), pp. 45-58.

"The Fruit of the Spirit", JTSA, no. 5 (Dec. 1973), pp. 57-59.

"Background to Charismatic Christianity", JTSA, no. 7 (June 1974), pp. 4-9.

"The Charismatic Movement and the New Testament", JTSA, no. 7 (June 1974), pp. 50-60.

"On Charismatic Christianity:  A Response", JTSA, no. 9 (Dec. 1974), pp. 54-56.

"The World of New Testament Studies", JTSA, no. 13 (Dec. 1975), pp. 57-60.

"Rudolf Carl Bultmann", JTSA, no. 17 (Dec. 1976), pp. 53-61.

"Surveying the Fourth Gospel", JTSA, no. 20 (Sept. 1977), pp. 41-53.

"Mankind's Long Search for Meaning", UCT,  (Dec. 1977), pp. 17-21.

"Johannine Symbols: A Case Study in Epistemology", JTSA, no. 27 (June 1979), pp.26-41.

"Glimpses of the Johannine Community in the Farewell Discourses", ABR, vol. 28 (Oct. 1980), pp. 22-39.

"A Note on the Hermeneutical Theology of Rudolf Bultmann", ABR, vol. 29 (Oct. 1981), pp. 26-31.

"Christology and the Fourth Gospel", ABR, vol. 31 (Oct. 1983), pp. 45-62.

"The Johannine Epistles", ABR, vol. 32 (Oct. 1984), pp. 38-48.

"The Origins of 'Demythologizing' Revisited", ABR, vol. 33 (Oct. 1985), pp. 2-14.

"C.H. Dodd and the Christology of the Fourth Gospel", JTSA 59 (July 1987), pp. 42-56.

"Text and Context in John 5", ABR, vol. 35 (1987), pp. 28-34.

"Belief in the Word", Pacifica 7 (Feb. 1994), pp. 85-94.

"God and the Quest for eternal life" in St Mark's Review Autumn 1998, pp.10-16.

"The Incarnation as a New Testament Key to an Anglican Public and Contextual theology" in St Mark's Review 203 (Nov. 2007), 61-70.

"The Generosity of God in the World: Preaching from John, 1 John and James." In St Mark's Review 219/1 (February 2012), 35-51.

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