John the Baptist: Then and Now


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Ave San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, Sept. 15, 22, and 29

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Leader: Brian LePort

Tuition: $35 / 3 sessions

Register By: Sept. 8

Enrollment: 12 min. / 30 max.

What was the iconic John the Baptist’s importance to early Christians, how is he presented in subsequent art and literature, and how is he relevant today? We will look at the four canonized gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and also other works both canonized and non-canonized (e.g., the Gospel of Thomas, the Infancy Gospel of James). We will follow the prophet in paintings and film. We will turn to the Baptist’s relevancy for contemporary ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Catherine M. Murphy’s John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age will be recommended reading alongside the primary sources.

About the Instructor: Brian LePort is a Ph.D. Candidate in Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol via Trinity College Bristol. He earned his M.A. and his Th.M. from Western Seminary (Portland, OR) where he served as an adjunct instructor. Most recently he interned with the Religious Studies Department of Trinity University in San Antonio, teaching New Testament alongside Prof. Rubén Dupertuis.

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, Sept. 15, 22, and 29

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Leader: Brian LePort

Tuition: $35 / 3 sessions

Register By: Sept. 8

Enrollment: 12 min. / 30 max.