Dr. Mary Coloe   pbvm

Associate Professor

Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill

Dept. Biblical Studies (Head)

University of Divinity (Melbourne)




Member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas,

Fellowship for Biblical Studies,

Australian Catholic Biblical Association,

Catholic Biblical Association of America

Society of Biblical Literature,

Appointed by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity to a Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the disciples (Church) of Christ (2013-18)



Rev. Dr Martin Asiedu-Peprah (Completed in 2001; ACU) now published as Johannine Sabbath Conflicts as Juridical Controversy.  WUNT, 132. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001.

Dr Ruth Sheridan. (Completed Summa cum Laude 2011; ACU) now published as Retelling Scripture: ‘The Jews’ and the Scriptural in John 1:19 – 12:15. Biblical Interpretation Series, 110.  Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Ruth’s thesis was awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award 2013 (formerly known as the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise)

Rev. Sang-Kyu Park, “Spatial Eschatology: A Reading of the New Temple of God in the Fourth Gospel.” 

Completed 2011 (Graduate Theological Union Berkeley)  



The Theology, Christology, Ecclesiology and Spirituality of the Gospel of John.

Jewish Christian Relationships in the First Century

The World and Literature of 1st Century Judaism and Christian

The Biblical Story and the Cosmic Story



God Dwells with Us: Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel. Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2001.  

Dwelling in the Household of God: Johannine Ecclesiology and Spirituality. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007. 

NEW: A Friendly Guide to John’s Gospel.  Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2013.

NEW: The Two Hands of God: Creation and Scripture. Mulgrave: John Garratt. 2014

Transcending Boundaries: Contemporary Readings of the New Testament.  Edited by Rekha M. Chennatu & Mary L. Coloe.  Biblioteca Di Scienze Religiose 187. Rome: Libreria Ateneo Salesiano, 2005. 

John, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Sixty Years of Discovery and Debate.  Edited by Mary L Coloe & Tom Thatcher.  Early Judaism and Its Literature 32.  Atlanta: SBL, 2011

NEW: Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Edited by Mary L. Coloe. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013


Chapters in Books


 NEW: “The Mother of Jesus: A Woman Possessed”. In Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, edited by Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie and Ruben Zimmermann. 202-213. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.

NEW: “The Servants/Steward Cana.” In Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, edited by Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie and Ruben Zimmermann.  228-232. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.

NEW: “Gentiles in the Gospel of John: Narrative Possibilities - John 12:12-43.” In Attitudes to Gentiles in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, edited by David C. Sim and James S. McLaren. 209 – 223.  LNTS 499; London: T & T Clark, 2013

NEW:  The Woman of Samaria: Her Characterization, Narrative, and Theological significance,” in Characters and Characterisation in the Gospel of John, edited by Christopher Skinner. 182-96.  LNTS 461. London: T & T Clark, 2013.

NEW: “The Gospel according to John: Introduction.” In  Anselm Academic Study Bible, edited by Carolyn Osiek and Leslie J. Hoppe. 1716-22. Winona: Anselm Academic, 2013. 

NEW: “Creation in the Gospel of John.” In Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives, edited by Mary L. Coloe. 71- 90. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013.

NEW: “ ‘Behold the Lamb of God’: John 1:29 and the Tamid Service.”  In Rediscovering John. Festschrift  in Honor of  Frédéric Manns, edited by L. Daniel ChrupcaƂa. 45- 57.  Jerusalem: Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, 2013.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Re-evaluating Nicodemus (John 3:1-10). In Ancient Jewish and Christian Texts as Crisis Management Literature, edited by David Sim and Pauline Allen.  95- 111. LNTS 445. London: T & T Clark, 2012.

John’s Portrait of Jesus.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jesus, edited by Delbert Burkett, 64-80.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

John as Witness and Friend.” In John, Jesus, and History, Volume 2: Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel. , edited by Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just and Tom Thatcher, 44-61. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.

“The Nazarene King: Pilate's Title as the Key to John's Crucifixion.” In The Death of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, edited by G. Van Belle, 839-48. Louvain: KUL Press, 2007.

“The Beyond Beckons.” In What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies, edited by Tom Thatcher, 211-13. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007.

“‘The End Is Where We Start from’: Afterlife in the Fourth Gospel.” In Lebendige Hoffnung – Ewiger Tod?! Jenseitsvorstellungen Im Hellenismus, Judentum Und Christentum. (Living Hope – Eternal Death?!  Conceptions of the Afterlife in Hellenism, Judaism and Christianity), edited by Manfred Lang and Michael Labhan, 177-99. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2007.

Witness and Friend: Symbolism Associated with John the Baptiser.”  In Imagery in the Gospel of John: Terms, Forms, Themes and Theology of Figurative Language, edited by Jörg Frey, Jan van der Watt and Ruben Zimmermann., 319-32.  WUNT 200.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007.

Sources in the Shadows: John 13 and the Johannine Community,” In New Currents Through John: A Global Perspective, edited by Francisco Lozada Jr. and Tom Thatcher, 69-82.  Resources for Biblical Study 54. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006. ISBN 1589832019.

 “Anointing the Temple of God: John 12:1-8.”  In Transcending Boundaries: Contemporary Readings of the New Testament, edited by Rekha M. Chennatu and{C}{C}{C}{C} Mary L. Coloe, 105-118. Biblioteca Di Scienze Religiose 187.  Rome: Libreria Ateneo Salesiano, 2005.  

“The place of True Worship: John Chapter 4”, in A Sufi Reading of the Gospel of John, Beirut: Alkalima Publications, 2003.  (In Arabic).

“Before Abraham was, ‘I Am’.”  In A Sufi Reading of the Gospel of John, Beirut: Alkalima Publications, 2003.  (In Arabic).

“Dwelling in the Household of God.  Jn 14:2”.  In That Our Joy May Be Complete: Essays on the Incarnation for the New Millennium, edited by Marian Free et. al., 47-57.  Adelaide: Open Book.  2000.  


Articles in Refereed Journals. 

“Theological Reflections on Creation in the Gospel of John,” Pacifica 24 (2011) 1-12. 

A matter of justice and necessity”: Women’s Participation in the Catholic Church: Compass: A Journal of Topical Theology. “Compass” Vol. 45, 3 (2011) 13-18.

“Imágenes Del Templo En Juan,”  Selecciones De Teologia 194 (2010) 255-279 

Temple Imagery in the Gospel of John,” Interpretation 63 (2009): 368-81. 

“The Missing Feast of Pentecost: John 1,19–2,12,” Studien zum Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt 34 (2009): 97-113. 

“The Johannine Pentecost: John 1:19-2:12,” Australian Biblical Review 55 (2007) 41-56.  

“Was There Another Vine? Questions on John 15:1a.” Australian E-Journal of Theology 4, (2005).

“Welcome into the Household of God: The Footwashing in John 13,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 66 (2004) 400-415. 

Catholic Schools: Communities of Meaning Making,” Journal of Religious Education 51 (2003) 38-43. 

Raising the Johannine Temple (Jn 19:19-37),” Australian Biblical Review 48 (2000): 47-58.

Households of Faith (Jn 4:46-54-11:1-44): A Metaphor for the Johannine Community,” Pacifica 13 (2000): 326-33.

Like Father, Like Son: The Role of Abraham in Tabernacles - John 8:31-59,” Pacifica 12 (1999): 1-11. 

The Spirit in the New Testament,” Word in Life: Journal of Religious Education, 46 (1998) 13-17.  

The Structure of the Johannine Prologue and Genesis 1,” Australian Biblical Review 45 (1997): 1-11. 

“Salvation - From what does Jesus save us?”  Compass: A Review of Topical Theology 27 (1993) 20-24.

The Paschal Mystery - A reflection,” Compass: A Review of Topical Theology 26 (1992) 5-8 


“Booths,” “Nazarene,”  “Pentecost,”  Temple Cleansing,” “The Bridegroom’s Friend”  In The Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students, edited by Mary Ann Beavis,  and  Michael J. Gilmour.  Waco TX: Baylor University Press, 2012.

“Heel, Lifted.” In The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, edited by Katherine D. Sakenfeld, 2:789. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2007.

 “My Father’s House.” In  The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Dale C.  Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski.  Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012-  (On-line database)


(Best viewed in Google Chrome not Internet Explorer)

This series of 7 was made while teaching at the Ecce Homo Biblical Program in Jerusalem, 2012.  These clips, each around 12 minutes, focus on the gospel of John, particularly the Passion Narrative where Pilate presents Jesus and says, “Behold the man,” (in Latin, “Ecce Homo). 

Introduction. Prologue and John 2. (11 mins)

The Feast of Tabernacles. John 7 (11 mins)

In My father’s House. John 14. (12 mins)

The Footwashing. John 13. (11 mins)

The Johannine Crucifixion and Creation. (13 mins)

Jesus the Nazarene (7 mins)

Building the New Temple. (13 mins)


These links will take you to a second series of videos made with Professor Francis J. Moloney in 2014 for the Broken Bay Bible Institute.  Each is about 40 minutes.

Session 1: The World of the Gospel of John - Fr Francis Moloney

Session 2: The Prologue and John's use of the Old Testament - Sr Mary Coloe, 

Session 3: A Journey of Faith - Cana to Cana – Fr. Francis Moloney 

Session 4: Temple, Nicodemus, and John the Baptist - Sr Mary Coloe

Session 5: Another Journey of Faith - The Samaritan Woman - Sr Mary Coloe

Session 6: Celebrating Jewish Feasts - Fr Francis Moloney

Session 7: Receiving the Bread of Life - Sr Mary Coloe

Session 8: Jesus, the Light of the world: The Man Born Blind Fr. Francis Moloney

Session 9: John 13-17: The Glory of Love - Fr Francis Moloney

Session 10: The Passion - Becoming Children of God - Sr Mary Coloe

Session 11: The Risen Jesus Among Us - Fr Francis Moloney



General foundation in Scripture/Catholics and the bible. https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=vERNmtRqmJY  1 hour.

Interpretation of the Bible/Context and Literary Form (The Creation narratives). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtgnDHeoACE  1 hr 16 mins

Understanding the New Testament. https://youtube.com/watch?v=dPCmmyM13ew   49 mins.

Creation in John’s Gospel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjJoIhYM488  1 hr 26 mins

The Infancy Narratives (Matthew & Luke) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIdm9u42ES4   1hr 17min