Guest Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr
Topic: The Gospel of St. John as a Paschal Gospel
The Byzantine Christian tradition reads the Gospel of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian throughout Pascha-tide. This is no accident. The annual celebration of the Resurrection seems to have originated in the circles around John, who looked back to him as the high priest of the mystery. Looking again at this gospel in the light of Pascha, Fr. John Behr will consider what is meant by Christ’s last word from the cross—‘It is finished’—and show how the mystery of the incarnation includes us, today.
Fr. John Behr is the Fr. Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics at St.Vladimir’s Seminary, where he served as Dean from 2007-17, and the Metropolitan Kallistos Chair of Orthodox Theology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. He has published numerous monographs with Oxford University Press and St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (S.V.S.P.), most recently a new critical edition and translation of Origen’s On First Principles. He has also published various works aimed for more general
audiences, such as his more poetic and meditative work entitled Becoming Human: Theological Anthropology in Word and Image (S.V.S.P.,2013). He is now working on a new edition and translation of the works of Irenaeus of Lyons.