Archpriest John Behr, Director of the Master of Theology Program and The Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professorship of Patristics at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS], Yonkers, NY, and the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University, New York, NY, will speak at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Tempe, AZ on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Father John will share insights into his new book entitled:
John the Theologian and his Paschal Gospel. A Prologue to Theology.
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This event will also simultaneously be live streamed to a global audience.
Plan of the evening:
5-6 pm Meet & Greet with Food & Drink Reception
6-9 pm Talk
Fr John will discuss the origins of the annual celebration of the Feast of Pascha with the disciples of St John the Evangelist, looking closely at the feast itself and its unitary character, what this tells us about the relationship between life and death, and how the Gospel of St John presents Christ as the true Temple, Offering, and Human Being.”
This work as well as his other numerous titles will be available to order during the event.
Cost of Event: FREE, but donations are welcome.
More About Fr. John Behr’s New Work:
John the Theologian and his Paschal Gospel. A Prologue to Theology, brings three different kinds of readers of the Gospel of John together with the theological goal of understanding what is meant by Incarnation and how it relates to Pascha, the Passion of Christ, how this is conceived of as revelation, and how we speak of it. The first group of readers are the Christian writers from the early centuries, some of whom (such as Irenaeus of Lyons) stood in direct continuity, through Polycarp of Smyrna, with John himself. In exploring these writers, Fr. John Behr offers a glimpse of the figure of John and the celebration of Pascha, which held to have started with him.
The second group of readers are modern scriptural scholars, from whom we learn of the apocalyptic dimensions of John’s Gospel and the way in which it presents the life of Christ in terms of the Temple and its feasts. With Christ’s own body, finally erected on the Cross, being the true Temple in an offering of love rather than a sacrifice for sin. An offering in which Jesus becomes the flesh he offers for consumption, the bread which descends from heaven, so that ‘incarnation’ is not an event now in the past, but the embodiment of God in those who follow Christ in the present.
The third reader is Michel Henry, a French Phenomenologist, whose reading of John opens up further surprising dimensions of this Gospel, which yet align with those uncovered in the first parts of this work. This thought-provoking work brings these threads together to reflect on the nature and task of Christian theology.