Professor of Bible, Religion & Philosophy, Honors Director
- B.A., University of Alberta, 1980
- M.A., Mcmaster University, 1986
- Ph.D., Mcmaster University, 1992
Wyse Hall 310 (Map)
Major Research Project: The Use of Metaphor in the Construction of Time and Space in the Fourth Gospel.
Chapter on “Narrative and Drama” for The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies, edited by Martinus C. de Boer and Judith M. Lieu.
“John Among the Ancient Novels.” Pages 157-168 in The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic. Kasper Bro Larson, editor; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.
“The Geopolitics of Water and John 4:1–42.” Pages 245-258 in John, Jesus and History, vol. 3. Paul D. Anderson and Tom Thatcher, editors. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2016.
“La Vie et Passion de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ (Pathé-Frères, 1913/14): Pathé’s Inclination to Tell and Maître’s Instinct to Show.” Pages 158-178 in The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927). David J. Shepherd, editor; Routledge, 2016.
Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2004.
Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative. Editor with Charles W. Hedrick and Chris Shea. SBL Symposium Series; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2005.
John: New Testament Paideia Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2011.
Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
Society of Biblical Literature
Program Chair SBL Johannine Literature Section
Editorial Board, Journal of Biblical Literature 2011 – present
Consulting Editor, The Conrad Grebel Review 2010 – present
Mennonite Church USA Representative, Editorial Board, Believers Church Commentary Series 2013 – present
Jo-Ann Brant teaches a wide variety of courses in the Bible Religion and Philosophy Dept. at Goshen College including “Jesus and the Gospels,” “Asian Thought,” “Biblical Themes of Peace” and “Speaking of Death.” Her graduate work was in Christianity and Judaism in the Greco-Roman Era with a focus upon Second Temple law with a minor in Asian Religious Traditions. Her current research has focused upon the Gospel of John in its literary setting in the Greco-Roman world with a particular emphasis upon drama and rhetoric. In the last few years, she has taken her passion for film from a hobby to an area of specialization and offers a course entitled “Jesus at the Movies.” She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Studies, serving as a program chair to the Johannine Literature Section and on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature. She also serves on the editorial committee for the Believers Church Bible Commentary series.