Over the last century, Johannine scholarship has seen the emergence of themes, hypotheses, and methodologies that continue to shape discussions about the Fourth Gospel in the academy and the church. The latter half of the twentieth century marked a renewed interest and appreciation for the text and its literary and rhetorical message. Recently, the affirmation of John’s historical reliability and relevance has propelled Johannine studies forward. In addition, the Gospel of John presents a unique view of Jesus—the Logos, Messiah, Son of God, and Son of Man. These various strands and their underlining themes, compel hearers and readers towards a confessional injunction (John 20:31).

In this e-Conference, SATS invites participants to study the central figure of the Gospel in light of the growing number of questions emanating from various contexts—ancient and contemporary. Foregrounding the Global South, we invite contributors to listen to the Gospel and to hear again what John has to say to the church, the academy, and society in a world gripped by a pandemic, political and social upheaval, and growing polarization.

SATS is inviting biblical scholars and Christian practitioners to join us from 17 March (15:00–19:00 CAT) to 18 March 2021 (09:30–17:00 CAT) as we explore the Fourth Gospel, its central character, rich landscape, and life-giving message.

The conference will also feature select student papers in parallel sessions. These sessions will showcase emerging researchers at Master’s and Doctoral levels, including recent Ph.D. graduates from SATS and elsewhere. Post-graduate students and recent graduates are therefore encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.


The event is fully booked and registration has closed.

Contact Persons

Please direct any questions to Dr. Cornelia van Deventer and Mr. Izaak Connoway.


17th Mar 2021 3:00pm - 7:00pm to 18th Mar 2021 9:30am - 5:00pm


Keynote Address

Prof Paul N. Anderson (George Fox University)


Prof Elizabeth Mburu (PACU, Langham, NWU)

Dr. Annang Asumang (South African Theological Seminary)