The Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology will be hosting a Public Lecture entitled 'The Fourth Gospel: A Diachronic Interpretation'
Speaker: Ms Carmen Zammit
Venue: Theology Board Room (Room 317), University of Malta Msida Campus
Date: Wednesday 17 January
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Chair: Rev. Dr John Berry
The diachronic approach uses the biblical text as a window through which we can look in order to reach the world behind the text and the original audience to whom it was addressed. In this seminar, using Jn 11 as an example, we will see what the application of this approach teaches us concerning the sources the evangelist used, the stages of formation of this gospel and how these reflect the phases which the original community it was addressed to went through. We shall see how, and more importantly why, the Fourth Evangelist redacted his material. We shall also delve into the social context surrounding this gospel and how this author used the narrative in Jn 11 and Jn 12: 1-8 to evoke the collective memory of his audience and shape their group identity, particularly concerning their relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another.
The general public is cordially invited to attend this public lecture.
Carmen Zammit is a graduate of the University of Malta. In 2012, she earned a BA Hons. and then a MA Theology in 2017 with a research area on “John 11: 1-46: An Examination of the Text from the Diachronic Approach”. She also has a higher diploma in French and has previously followed a career in the tourism sector, including airlines, destination management companies and hotel management.