Duke Divinity School will hold the 2017 annual Kenneth Willis Clark Lectures featuring guest speaker M.C. de Boer, Ph.D., emeritus professor of New Testament at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His first lecture will be on "The Johannine Community Under Attack (in Recent Scholarship)" on March 28 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in 0016 Westbrook Building followed by a second lecture titled "The Gospel of John and Apocalyptic" on March 29 from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. in 0012 Westbrook.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.
A native of Amsterdam, de Boer was professor of New Testament Studies at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam from 1998 to 2012. Before that he taught at the University of Manchester in England (1991-1997) and at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey (1982-1990). A graduate of Brown University (1970), he received a M.Div. (1974) and Ph.D. (1983) from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
He is the author of The Defeat of Death: Apocalyptic Eschatology in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 (1988; republished in 2015), Johannine Perspectives on the Death of Jesus (1996), and Galatians: A Commentary (2010). He is currently editing for publication a handbook on Johannine Studies for Oxford University Press (with professor Judith Lieu of Cambridge University) and preparing a commentary on the Gospel of John for the series International Critical Commentaries. He was secretary of Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum, the international society for New Testament Studies, from 2006 to 2015.
Established in 1984, the Kenneth Willis Clark Lectureship Fund honors the life and work of Clark, a Divinity School faculty member for 36 years. Each year this fund enables the Divinity School to offer a program with special emphasis on New Testament studies and textual criticism.