Baylor’s Truett Seminary Will Host Professor of New Testament Jörg Frey for Drumwright Lectures

Nov. 9, 2018
Jorg FreyJorg Frey, Ph.D., professor of New Testament at the University of Zurich and one of the world's leading scholars on Johannine literature, will speak for the Drumwright Lectures Monday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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by Jessie Jilovec, student newswriter

WACO, Texas (Nov. 9, 2018) – Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary will host Jörg Frey, Ph.D., professor of New Testament at the University of Zurich and one of the world’s leading scholars on Johannine literature, for the Minette and Huber Lelland Drumwright Jr. Endowed Colloquium on Monday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 13. The lectures will be held in the Paul W. Powell Chapel in the Truett Seminary, 1100 S. Third St.

For his “Theology and History in the Fourth Gospel” lectures, Frey will discuss the disputed relationship between theological interpretation and historical reference and between historical tradition and its theological renarration in John’s Gospel. Departing from John´s unique high Christology, the lectures discuss the difficulties and possibilities of the quest from historical tradition in the book of John and the manner and intentions of John’s radical reworking of his traditions.

The lectures are based on Frey’s “Theology and History in the Fourth Gospel: Tradition and Narration,” a book published by the Baylor University Press.

Todd Still, Ph.D., The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in Truett Seminary, said Baylor is fortunate to welcome Frey to campus.

“The lectures afford our university community the opportunity to learn from and engage with a prolific, esteemed New Testament scholar,” Still said. “I hope that many will join us for these lectures, which will prove to be thought-provoking and faith-enriching.”

The lecture will have the following schedule:

• At 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Frey will present “Christology as Theology: John’s High Christology as a Challenge.”

• At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Frey will present “The Quest for the Jesus of History: Historical Tradition and Reinterpretation in John.”

• At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Frey will present “The Gospel of the Spirit: Reworking the Jesus Story for Deeper Understanding.”

Frey studies early Judaism and hermeneutics. He is the managing editor of the monograph series “Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament,” co-editor of the journal “Early Christianity” and editor of numerous thematic volumes. He is extensively published in the fields of Johannine studies, Catholic Epistles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Christian apocrypha and New Testament theology.

Established in 2002, the Drumwright Lectures in New Testament Studies bring national and international leaders in the field of New Testament studies to the Baylor campus for student interaction.

For more information, call Truett Seminary at 254-710-3755.


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Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Languages, Family Ministries, Ministry Leadership, World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry and Theology. Truett Seminary also offers five joint degree programs – an M.Div./M.S.W. and M.T.S./M.S.W. through a partnership with Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, an M.Div./M.M. through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Music, an M.Div./M.B.A. through a partnership with Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, an M.Div./J.D. degree through a partnership with Baylor Law School and an M.Div./M.Ed. and M.Div./M.A. through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Education. Visit to learn more.

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