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John Van Maaren

Lecturer in Jewish and Biblical Studies

John Van Maaren has a PhD in Early Christianity and Early Judaism from McMaster University (Canada). He was a fellow at Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Jerusalem during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. His research focuses on changing conceptions of Jewishness in the Southern Levant during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods (200 BCE-135 CE) and the gradual emergence of a distinct, non-Jewish, Christian identity. His dissertation, The Gospel of Mark within Judaism: Reading the Second Gospel in Its Ethnic Landscape, is the first systematic argument that Mark should be read as Jewish literature.  

Courses by John Van Maaren

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Partings of The Ways: Origins of Judaism and Christianity

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It is not a secret that Christians draw their heritage from ancient Israel and that the first followers of Jesus were Jews. But how exactly did non-Jewish...

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The Jewish Gospel of Mark

777 active students

It is often assumed that the Gospel of Mark was written for the benefit of a primarily gentile, non-Jewish Christian audience.  Dr. John Van Maaren proposes that Mark’s Gospel...


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