Salvific Drama in the Gospel of John

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June 3-7
10:00 am - 12:15 pm

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This course will explore the combination of literary and conceptual elements of the most intriguing of Gospels. The gospel displays a wide variety of literary techniques, many associated with ancient drama, and it engages the reader with complex theological issues about how God is known, about what God has done in the life and death of Jesus, and about what is expected of followers of Jesus. The course will explore the ways in which this gospel works in a seminar format. Students will read a series of essays by contemporary scholars, all made available on-line by the instructor, who approach the Gospel from various critical perspectives.

Professor Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and HebrewsHebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the HebrewsFirst-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of HeraclitusThe Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius JosephusNag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has edited twelve books, including, with Gabriella Gelardini, Hebrews in Context (2016), with Dale Martin and Jurgen Zangenberg, Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee; and the centennial Terry Lectures, The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Professor Attridge served the general editor of the HarperCollins Study Bible Revised Edition (2006). He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical QuarterlyHarvard Theological ReviewJournal of Biblical LiteratureNovum Testamentum, and the Hermeneia commentary series. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as president of the society in 2001 and in the Catholic Biblical Association, of which he was president in 2011-12. He was elected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Professor Attridge is a fellow of Saybrook College.

Yale Divinity School

Harry Attridge