Aside from a few common characters (among them, Jesus), places and events (the Passion, for example), John's Gospel has very little relationship to the other three of the Bible's Gospels: Mark or Matthew or Luke. John's is a unique theological argument, one that is easily misunderstood and even more easily conflated with the other three Gospel writers with particularly disastrous/harmful results.
This session explores some of the unique characteristics of Saint John's Gospel, with a particular emphasis on the Passion. We'll look at how some of the major theological themes, their social and religious perspectives and critiques, played out 2,000 years ago and might still be relevant today. And, since the emphasis of this series is Bach's Passion, we will examine Bach's own understanding of John's Gospel and how he paints that understanding in music.
Presented by Pastor Amandus J. Derr
with Pastor Jared R. Stahler, and Cantor Bálint Karosi.
Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer led by Betty Jackson.
Pastor Amandus J. Derr is Senior Pastor of Saint Peter's and works tirelessly for religious understanding and interfaith collaboration.
Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.
Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.