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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

Office Hours


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Biographical Summary

A son of missionary parents, I was raised in the West African countries of Mali and Guinea. After undergraduate and graduate studies at Wheaton College in Illinois, I received my Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. My wife, Kathe, is a professor in the School of Theology at Boston University, and my son, Joshua, is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Other schools where I have taught: Baldwin-Wallace College, Boston University, and Holy Cross College. Personal interests: African adventure travel.


General area: New Testament
Specific interests: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles; Literary Criticism and Theory; Biblical characters and characterization; Synoptic relations


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


"'Be not anxious': Reading Martha and Mary (Lk. 10.38-42) Within Luke's Overall Discourse on Anxiety," in Reading Ideologies: Essays on the Bible and Interpretation in Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert. The Bible in the Modern World 40, edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.

"Belittling Mary: Insult, Humiliation and Early Developments in Mariology," in From the Margins 2: Women of the New Testament and Their Afterlives, edited by C. Joynes and C. Rowland. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2009.

"'Vivre pour raconter': point de vue critique et éthique lucanienne," in Regards croisés sur la Bible: Études sur le point de vue, 57-74. Paris: Cerf, 2007.

Herod the Fox: Audience Criticism and Lukan Characterization. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.