Wednesday, April 21, 2021
6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
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Michael Pakaluk is a professor of ethics and social philosophy in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Gospel according to John has always been recognized as different from the “synoptic” accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. But what explains the difference? On Wednesday, April 21st at 6:00pm ET, we invite you to join us for an in-person conversation with Michael Pakaluk, professor of ethics and social philosophy in the Busch School of Business. Dr. Pakaluk will discuss his new book, Mary’s Voice in the Gospel according to John, and reveals the subtle but powerful influence of the Mother of Jesus on the fourth Gospel.
This event is open to the public and hosted both in-person and online for free. Registration is required. If you plan to attend in-person at the CIC, please review our COVID guidelines here.
In this new translation and verse-by-verse commentary, Michael Pakaluk suggests an answer and unlocks a two thousand-year-old mystery. Mary’s Voice in the Gospel according to John reveals the subtle but powerful influence of the Mother of Jesus on the fourth Gospel.
In his dying words, Jesus committed his Mother to the care of John, the beloved disciple, who “from that hour . . . took her into his own home.” Pakaluk draws out the implications of that detail, which have been overlooked for centuries.
In Mary’s remaining years on earth, what would she and John have talked about? Surely no subject was as close to their hearts as the words and deeds of Jesus. Mary’s unique perspective and intimate knowledge of her Son must have shaped the account of Jesus’ life that John would eventually compose.
With the same scholarship, imagination, and fidelity that he applied to Mark’s Gospel in The Memoirs of St. Peter, Pakaluk brings out the voice of Mary in John’s, from the famous prologue about the Incarnation of the Word to the Evangelist’s closing avowal of the reliability of his account.
This remarkably fresh translation and commentary will deepen your understanding of the most sublime book of the New Testament.
“It is a rare scholar who can make the most familiar ancient text feel like it was just discovered. . . . I felt like I was reading Saint John for the first time.”
ARTHUR C. BROOKS
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School
“Michael Pakaluk has put vast learning and formidable skills as a biblical translator and exegete in service of an urgent Christian task. . . .”
Author of the forthcoming The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos
“This is a rare kind of scholarship, both enlightening and fascinating.”
President, Faith and Reason Institute
“By the book’s closing pages, it would be difficult indeed to imagine that Mary had not influenced John’s work.”
Staff writer, National Review, and visiting fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“An interpretive triumph!”
C. C. PECKNOLD
Associate professor of systematic theology, the Catholic University of America
“Mary’s Voice in the Gospel according to John is boldly beautiful, deeply literate, and astonishingly fresh.”
Senior editor, The Catholic Thing
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