Jo-Ann Brant

Professor of Bible, Religion & Philosophy, Honors Director

Jo-Ann Brant


  • BA, University of Alberta, 1980
  • MA, McMaster University, 1986
  • PHD, McMaster University, 1992

Chapter on “Narrative and Drama” for The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies, edited by Martinus C. de Boer and Judith M. Lieu.

Forthcoming articles:

John Among the Ancient Novels” in  The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic, Studia Aarhusiana Neotestamentica (SANt), Volume 3, Kasper Bro Larsen editor (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming 2015).

“La Vie et Passion de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ: Pathé’s Inclination to Tell and Maître’s Instinct to Show” in The Silents of Jesus: The Lives and Passions of the Christ in the Early Cinema edited by David Shepherd (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2015.

“The Geopolitics of Water in the Gospel of John” in John Jesus and History  Vol. 3  Glimpses of Jesus through the Johannine Lens edited by Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher (Atlanta, GA: SBL Press; Leiden: E.J. Brill, forthcoming).

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 About 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.