John, Jesus, and History Conference
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM (EST)
John, Jesus, and History
Engaging the Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown
This pre-SBL conference, “John, Jesus, and History: Engaging the Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown,” marks the 60th and 50th anniversaries of C.H. Dodd’s books on John and history as well as the enduring legacy of Raymond Brown, who began his illustrious scholarly career at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore (1959-71), his alma mater. The conference will provide an overview of major trends in Johannine studies on the conference topic in conversation with these two luminaries from the recent past.
The keynote address will be given by James D. G. Dunn as the 2013 Dunning Lecture, sponsored by St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute of Theology. It will be titled "Jesus as Remembered by John." Papers and other presentations will be given by John Ashton, Alan Culpepper, Jonathan Draper, Craig Koester, Wendy E. S. North, Tom Thatcher, Jan van der Watt, and Catrin Williams, as well as Paul Anderson, John Donahue, Michael Gorman, and Jaime Clark-Soles.
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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2013
4:00-7:30 Check-in/Registration (dinner on your own)
6:30 & 7:00 Prestige Taxis from Radisson Cross Keys Hotel to SMSU
7:00 Book signing with James Dunn
7:30 Keynote Address/Public Lecture—James Dunn: Jesus as Remembered by John
9:00 Book signing
9:30 Prestige Taxis to Radisson Cross Keys Hotel
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2013
8:00 Prestige Taxis from Radisson Cross Keys Hotel to SMSU
8:00 Late check-in/registration
8:30 Welcome and introduction to the conference
8:45 Tom Thatcher: The Semeiotics of History: C. H. Dodd and Raymond Brown
on the Character of the Johannine Tradition
9:45 Coffee Break
10:00 Craig Koester: Progress and Paradox: C. H. Dodd and Rudolf Bultmann on
the Gospel of John
11:15 John Ashton: C. H. Dodd and Oral Tradition
12:15 Announcements/Lunch break—dining room (lunch provided at 12:35)
1:30 Catrin Williams: John and the Rabbis: Assessing the Contributions of
C.H. Dodd and R.E. Brown
2:45 Jonathan Draper: The “Theatre of Performance” and “The Living Word”
of Jesus in the Farewell Discourse(s) in John’s Gospel
3:45 Coffee break
4:15 Wendy E. S. North: John and the Synoptics: A Test Case and its Implications
5:15 General discussion/announcements, etc.
5:30 Dinner break—dining room (banquet begins at 5:45)
7:30 Introduction to Raymond Brown’s legacy and Saint Mary’s Seminary—
Fr. Thomas Hurst, President Rector and student of Ray Brown
7:45 Panel on Raymond Brown in relation to Dodd and questions of
historical tradition: Paul Anderson (Presiding), Jaime Clark-Soles,
Sandra Schneiders, Michael Gorman, Craig Koester
9:30 Prestige Taxis to Radisson Cross Keys hotel
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2013
8:00 Prestige Taxis from Radisson Cross Keys hotel to SMSU
8:30 Announcements, etc.
8:45 Jan van der Watt: Dodd and Johannine Symbolism
10:00 Alan Culpepper: Dodd as Narrative Critic
11:00 General discussion
11:30 Final remarks from organizers/SMSU
11:45 Depart for Radisson Cross Keys and/or the SBL hotels by shuttles and/or cabs
What are my accommodation options?
1. There is a limited number of hotel-type rooms in St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2. The conference hotel: Radisson Cross Keys Hotel (5 minutes from campus; transportation provided to and from conference)—$129/night plus 15.5% tax; availability at this price may be limited. Ask for the “St. Mary’s Seminary Conference” block rate. Call 800-333-3333 or visit
Use the password (PAC code) SBLMAR to get the block rate.
Participants may also choose to stay at their SBL hotel. The main hotels are about 8 miles from campus.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Participants who fly into Baltimore (BWI, 17 miles away) or Washington, DC (50+ miles away; Dulles or Reagan) will need to get to St. Mary's or to their hotel at their own expense.
Free shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel, which is the Radisson Cross Keys (1 mile away). There is plenty of parking on campus for any who drive or commute.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds may be requested until October 15, minus a $25 processing fee. There are no refunds after October 15.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
When & Where
The John, Jesus, and History Seminar of SBL and St. Mary's Seminary & University
The John, Jesus, and History unit of the Society of Biblical Literature is a vibrant group of biblical scholars. It is currently co-chaired by professors Jaime Clark-Soles and Craig Koester.
Founded in 1791, St. Mary's Seminary & University is the oldest Roman Catholic seminary in the United States and the only one in the world with a graduate ecumenical division. Fr. Raymond E. Brown studied and taught at St. Mary's.
Since its founding in 1968, the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, a division of St. Mary's Seminary & University, has specialized in something unique: ecumenical graduate theological education in the greater Baltimore area. We summarize this mission in the motto "faith seeking understanding... understanding making a difference." The Ecumenical Institute serves men and women from many ecclesial traditions, seeking to promote ecumenical and interfaith understanding and to contribute to the formation of a theologically and ethically informed public.