NCCL: John's gospel & the temple

24 June 2017
10:00 - 12:30
NCCL: John
"He was speaking of the temple of his body” (John 2:21)

The Gospel according to Saint John was written following the destruction of the Second Temple, which had taken place in AD70, while both Christianity and Torah Judaism were emerging and defining themselves.

The themes of tabernacle and temple are key to the understanding of Jesus and the Church in this gospel. At the heart of the opening prologue is the idea that God’s Word ‘tabernacled’ among us (John 1:14) and the gospel narrative thereafter is structured around the three Temple’s Pilgrim Festivals - of Passover (Pesach) on three occasions; Tabernacles or Booths (Sukkot); and what is most probably Weeks (Shauvot); as well as the Maccabean Dedication Festival (today celebrated as Hanukkah).

Between these, the narrative raises questions about the true place and true nature of worship. We shall therefore explore the significance of the tabernacles and temples in the Hebrew Bible for this gospel, and of each of these feasts for John’s understanding of Jesus and the church.

Tutor: The Revd Dr Paul Overend. Cost: £10.

To book your place please contact the NCCL Admin Team on 01603 218443 or

This session is offered by Norwich Centre for Christian Learning.