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Bolton John, Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

John Bolton

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

Graduate Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:

Biography

John studies the Synoptic Problem. His primary focus is on determining which solution (among the Farrer Hypothesis (FH), the Two-Document Hypothesis (2DH), and the Griesbach Hypothesis (2GH)) is the most probable. The lens through which he examines these solutions is ancient compositional practice—for instance, how, it might be assumed, each Gospel author moved (whether scrolling or flipping) through his sources in order to compose his work. His leanings are toward the Farrer Hypothesis. His supervisor is Dr. Anders Runesson.

 

Research Interests: Synoptic Problem; Philosophy of Historical Method; Jesus Tradition Origins; Historical Jesus; Tannaitic and Gospel Parallels

Education

  • McMaster University, M.A. in Early Christianity and Early Judaism
  • University of Toronto, B.A. in English and Philosophy

 

Teaching

Teaching Experience

  • “The Earliest Portraits of Jesus,” McMaster University, Winter 2016

TA Experience

  • “Bible & Film,” McMaster University. For Dr. Janet Ross. Fall 2015
  • “What on Earth is Religion?,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter. Fall 2014–Winter 2015
  • “Modern Study of the Bible,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter. Fall 2013–Winter 2014                     
  • “World Religions,” McMaster University. For Drs. Anne Pearson & Philippa Carter. Fall 2012–Winter 2013
  • “Modern Approaches to the Study of Religion,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter). Winter 2012
  • “Bible & Film,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter. Fall 2011
  • “Modern Study of the Bible,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter. Winter 2011
  • “Bible as Story/Bible as Narrative,” McMaster University. For Dr. Daniel Machiela. Fall 2010
  • “Modern Study of the Bible,” McMaster University. For Dr. Philippa Carter. Fall 2009–Winter 2010

Research

Academic Presentations

  • “Problems with the Two-Document Hypothesis,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, May 28, 2012.