Walk with Prof. Harold W. Attridge

Posted: July 27, 2014 in General

Harold 2I started my contact with Prof. Harold W. Attridge, firstly, as a reader of his writings, especially his significant article “Genre Bending in the Fourth Gospel” (JBL, Vol. 121, No. 1, 2002: pp. 3-21), and, later, as a facebook follower and friend. When I met him first time in Aarhus, Denmark, for The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic conference I realized that he is a humble human who is able to accommodate the ‘other.’ His keynote address entitled “The Fourth Gospel: Does Genre Matter?” persuaded majority of the participants to take heed during the four days’ discussions. I never forget the four significant days we walked together (along with other scholars) back and forth from Radisson Hotel in the central part of the city to the Aarhus University conference hall. These 3-4 kilometers walk through the city, both in the morning and in the evening, gave us extra strength for our discussions all through the four days. During the meal times and during the walk times I didn’t forget to explore the rare opportunity to interact with this extraordinary scholar. We discussed the topics such as Dydimos Judas Thomas and Indian Christian traditions, US academia, John and Genre studies, and Dialogue in the Gospel of John. In one of the occasions in Aarhus I gifted him a copy of my dissertation. Another coincidence was that my Princetonian professor George Parsenios (Attridge’s student) clicked pictures for both of us.

Harold 1Prof. Attridge is currently serving as Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has edited twelve books, most recently, with Dale Martin and Jurgen Zangenberg, Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee; and The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Professor Attridge is the general editor of the HarperCollins Study Bible Revised Edition (2006). He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, Novum Testamentum, and the Hermeneia commentary series. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as president of the society in 2001. Professor Attridge is a fellow of Saybrook College.

For more details refer the following links:

Yale University link: http://divinity.yale.edu/attridge

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_W._Attridge

His Curricula Vitae: http://divinity.yale.edu/sites/default/files/faculty_cv/HATTRIDGE.pdf

Infancy Gospel of Thomas: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/infancythomas-hock.html

By Johnson Thomaskutty, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India.


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