In the Gospel of John one of the central characters is unnamed (1:35-40; 13:23-35; 18:15-16; 19:26-27; 20:1-10; 21:1-8, 20-25). This figure is known simple as “the Beloved Disciple” or “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. Why is this character known only by his relationship to Jesus? Historians have attempted to discover the person “behind” this character, but is there another, possibly more meaningful way to study “the Beloved”. What can we learn from literary theory and hermeneutics? Is the Beloved Disciple a historical personality meant to be unmasked or a symbol meant to be emulated—a symbol that challenges us spiritually, a symbol we should mimic? In this talk Brian LePort will present his reasons for reading oneself into the character of the Beloved, seeing the story through their eyes.
About the Instructor: Brian LePort is the Interim Director of The SoL Center. Presently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Trinity College Bristol, University of Bristol. Previously, he has earned a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and a Th.M. (with emphasis in New Testament) from Western Seminary (Portland, OR). This fall he will become the full time Religious Studies Teacher at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas.