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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

John A. Darr

theology department

John Darr

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Stokes N317
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3884
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

New Testament, Luke-Acts, literary criticism, rhetoric, methodology, characters and characterization in New Testament narrative, parables, pneumatology, and Christology


The Biblical Heritage
The Parables of Jesus
Studies in Luke-Acts
Synoptic Gospels
Jesus in Story and History
The Bible and Ecology

Recent Publications

“Levi’s Banquet (Luke 5:29-39) and Lukan Discipleship: Group Characters and Christian Identity Formation,” pp. 23-39 in Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts, edited by F. E. Dicken and J. A. Snyder (London: T&T Clark, 2016).

“Narrative Therapy: Treating Audience Anxiety through Psychagogy in Luke,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 39, 4 (2012): 335-348.

“‘Be not anxious’: Reading Martha and Mary (Lk. 10.38-42) Within Luke’s Overall Discourse on Anxiety,” pp. 76-92 in Reading Ideologies: Essays on the Bible and Interpretation in Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert, edited by T. B. Liew (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011).

Recent Presentations

“Everything Old is New Again: The Parable of the Garments and Wineskins (5:36-39) in Luke’s Narrative Discourse on Time,” invited paper for the Society of Biblical Literature, joint session of the Gospel of Luke and the Formation of Luke-Acts Sections, San Diego, CA, November 23, 2014.