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John Martens

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. McMaster University

Office
JRC 156
Phone
(651) 962-5316
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5316
Fax
651-963-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105
Education:

        B.A - St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto (1984)

        M.A. - McMaster University(1986)
        Thesis: A Social Description of the Damascus Document

        Visiting Student - University of Tübingen (1989-90)

        PhD- McMaster University (1991)
        Dissertation: The Superfluity of the Law in Philo and Paul


Courses Taught at UST:

Theo 101 - The Christian Theological Tradition

Theo 210 - The New Testament

Theo 343 - Apocalyptic Literature

Theo 335 - The Letters of Paul

LS 401 - Introductory Greek

Theo 395 - Children in the Early Church (J-Term)

Theo 390U-A - The Cradle of Early Christianity (J-Term Abroad - Greece and Turkey)

DVSS 530 (MAT CORE) - Survey of New Testament Literature

CSMA 593-02 - From Creation to Fulfillment: Major Biblical Themes

DVSS 704 - The Lucan Writings

DVSS 705 - The Pauline Epistolary

DVSS 721 - Apocalyptic Literature


Scholarly Expertise and Interests:

        The Apostle Paul
        Hellenistic Judaism, especially Philo of Alexandria
        Apocalyptic Thought and Literature
        Development of early Christianity
        Biblical interpretation


Selected Publications:   

With Cornelia Horn: "Let the Little Ones Come to Me": Children and Childhood in early Christianity (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

One God, One Law: Philo of Alexandria on the Mosaic and Greco-Roman Law (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003).

The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Press, 2003). ISBN: 0-920486-29-0.

"Introduction to Ben F. Meyer’s 'Election-Historical Thinking in Romans 9-11, and Ourselves'" in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 7.4 (2004) 150-170.

"Rom. 2:14-16: A Stoic Reading," in New Testament Studies, Vol.40, 1994, 55-67.

"Ignatius and Onesimus: John Knox Reconsidered" in The Second Century 9, Summer 1992, 73-86.

"Unwritten Law in Philo: A Response to Naomi G. Cohen," in Journal of Jewish Studies, Spring 1992, 38-45.

"A Sectarian Analysis of the Damascus Document" in Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society. eds. Simcha Fishbane, Jack N. Lightstone, and Victor Levin. Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, 1990.


Selected Presentations:

"Interpretation of the Bible: History and Truth," at Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Annual Fall Conference: "Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite", November 30- December 2, 2006.

"Theodicy in Apocalyptic Thought: From Ancient Visions to (Post) Modern Nightmares" at Evil and Suffering in the Patristic Period, Boston, October 12-14, 2006.

"A Visual Apocalypse" at Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, August 7, 2006, Chicago, as part of a panel on "The Bible and Film."

"Fathers and Daughters in Corinth" at SBL Meetings, November 21, 2005, Philadelphia.

AFrom Euripides to Heraclitus to the Stoic Socrates@ at Brock University Conference on Western Ethics, March 14-15, 2003. Invited Paper.


Current Research:

        The life of children in the early Church

        The ideas of infancy and maturity in the letters of Paul

        The use of ancient methods of biblical interpretation in modern study of the Bible


Professional memberships:

        Society of Biblical Literature
        Catholic Biblical Association

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVSS 800 - 01 Interpretation of the Bible M T W R F - - 0800 - 1200 BEC 108

Days of Week:

M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1200

Location:

BEC 108

Course Registration Number:

30438 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John W. Martens, Paul V. Niskanen

This course will investigate the principles of Catholic biblical interpretation through an examination of the key Church documents that have addressed this question. The history of biblical interpretation within the Church, liturgical usage, and contemporary theological reflection will also provide contexts for addressing the question of what it means to interpret the Bible in the Church.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVSS 721 - 01 Apocalyptic Literature - T - - - - - 1815 - 2115 BEC 105

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1815 - 2115

Location:

BEC 105

Course Registration Number:

43127 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John W. Martens

Presents an historical-critical analysis of biblical apocalyptic literature. The course introduces the literary genre of apolcalyptic with special focus on Daniel and Revelation, read within the context of Jewish apocalyptic, and teaches students to analyze complex visions and symbols of Jewish apocalyptic in their various interpretations. Prerequisite: DVSS 511, DVSS 521, DVSS 525, or DVSS 530

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - P1 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

41313 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John W. Martens

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - P2 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

42151 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John W. Martens

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location