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Urban von Wahlde, Ph.D.

Title/s: Professor

Office #: Crown Center 319

Phone: 773.508.2352

E-mail: uvonwah@luc.edu

CV Link: von Wahlde CV


Dr. von Wahlde has taught on the graduate and undergraduate faculties at Loyola since 1981. He was chairperson of the department from 1987-1993. He has been an editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and currently serves on the Association's committee for scholarship in emerging nations. In addition he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

He is the author of two books and over thirty scholarly articles. Although his primary focus is on the Johannine literature, he has also published articles on the gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles. He is currently at work on a three-volume commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John for the Eerdman's Critical Commentary.

Program Areas

The Gospel and Letters of John

Research Interests

Relations Between Christians and Jews in the First Century, Questions of Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John, Apocalyptic Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls.


Gnosticism, Docetism and the Judaisms of the First Century: The Search for the Wider Context of the Johannine Literature and of the Johannine School and Why It Matters  (Accepted for publication: T&T Clark, Edinburgh). (88,000 words; 163 pages + indices, etc).


“Nude Bathing?” in Queries and Comments BAR 38,2 (Mar/Apr 2012) 70, cols. a,b,c.

“Raymond Brown’s View of the Crisis of 1 John: Some Agreements and Disagreements,” published version of the paper presented at the McAfee Symposium on the Johannine Epistles, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta. (forthcoming).

“C.H. Dodd and the ‘Myth’ of Realized Eschatology” Invited chapter for a commemorative volume honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of C.H. Dodd’s Historical Tradition in the Fourth Gospel. (forthcoming).

“The Gospel of John and the Location of Golgotha and the Tomb of Jesus” forthcoming in a volume tentatively entitled The Gospel of John and Archaeology (completed, forthcoming).

“The Development of Jewish Attitudes Toward Ritual Purity in Late Second Temple Judaism: The Evidence from the Pools of Siloam and Bethesda.”  Invited contribution to a Festschrift for F.S. Manns, OFM, to be published by SBF Press, Jerusalem. (completed/forthcoming).

For the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Ed. H. Spieckermann, et. al.; Berlin: De Gruyter (requested March 2013).  The major articles on:
    “The Gospel of John” (3800 words)
    “John, the Son of Zebadee”  (1420 words)

“Some Evidence That The Issue of the ‘Historical Words of Jesus’ Was a Problem for the Johannine Community Itself,” Invited Paper for the “John, Jesus and History” Program Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, November, 2013.

“Johannine Sectarianism: Evidence and Pseudo-Evidence,” (w. a response by Wayne Meeks, Yale University Emeritus).  Invited paper for the Program Unit on “The Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity” at the annual meeting of the SBL, Baltimore, November, 2013.


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