Religion faculty

John M. Vonder Bruegge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion
Co-director of the Honors Program

Ph.D., Yale University
Th.M., Harvard Divinity School
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
B.S., University of Missouri

712-707-7082
jvonder@nwciowa.edu
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Profile

Professor Vonder Bruegge is the 2009 recipient of Northwestern's Teaching Excellence Award. His teaching interests include early Christian history and literature, the New Testament and archaeology, Johannine literature, and Josephus and ancient Judaism. He earned a doctorate at Yale University; a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri; and a Master of Theology degree from Harvard University.

Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, he served as a research assistant at Harvard and Yale and as a teaching fellow and lecturer at Yale Divinity School. Vonder Bruegge participated in an archaeological excavation in Turkey and studied archaeology in Israel and Greece. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.


Courses

  • Topics in New Testament Studies

    Topics in New Testament Studies

    (2 credits) A study of a single book or larger section of the New Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the New Testament. Possible topics include the Synoptic Gospels, the Book of Acts, the Johannine Literature, the Epistolary Literature, the Apocalypse. Prerequisite: REL150 and sophomore class standing.
  • Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture

    Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world.
  • Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture

    Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Language and Culture) This course (a continuation of Greek 101) will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world. Prerequisite: GRE101.
  • Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

    Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

    This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of Greek grammatical, exegetical, and interpretive skills through the reading of ancient Greek texts. Primary focus will be on the Gospel of Mark and its context. Prerequisite: GRE102 (1 credit; alternate years, consult department)
  • Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

    Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

    This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of Greek grammatical, exegetical, and interpretive skills through the reading of ancient Greek texts. Primary focus will be on the Letters of Paul and selections from other Greco-Roman authors. Students will also be introduced to the sub-discipline of Textual Criticism. Prerequisite: GRE201 (1 credit; alternate years, consult department)

Professional experience

  • Lecturer in New Testament Greek, Yale Divinity School
  • Graduate Teaching Center Consultant, Yale University
  • Research Assistant, Yale University
  • Research Assistant, Harvard University
  • Tiberias Archaeological Excavations, Tiberias, Israel
  • Sardis Archaeological Expedition, Salihli, Turkey

Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion

Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2009
  • Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-04
  • Yale University Fellowship, 1998-2002
  • John Perry Miller Fund Award, Yale University, 2001
  • Robert G. Rayburn Homiletics Award, Covenant Theological Seminary, 1994
  • Curators’ Scholarship, University of Missouri, 1987-91
  • Missouri Higher Education (Brightflight) Scholarship, 1987-91