John Vonder Bruegge Assistant Professor of Religion; Co-director of the Honors Program

JohnVonder Bruegge

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

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Dr. Vonder Bruegge's teaching interests include early Christian history and literature, the New Testament and archaeology, Johannine literature, and Josephus and ancient Judaism. In addition to being a full-time faculty member in the Religion Department, he also serves as a Co-Director of Northwestern's Honors Program and leads the Honors Summer Study Abroad program in Greece. 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 he studied archaeology in Israel and Greece. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

GRE101 - Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture

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.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

GRE201 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

GRE202 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture

REL150 - Christian Story I: Biblical Tradition

REL322 - Topics in New Testament Studies

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: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)

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

Society of Biblical Literature

American Academy of Religion

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