John Van Maaren, Ph.D. Candidate

John Van Maaren, Ph.D. Candidate

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

A Few Words About Me

John believes that the synoptic gospels, if read through the eyes of their own time, still portray a picture of Jesus as a Jew who was faithful to the law.


John is currently a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada where he is writing his dissertation on the Jewishness of the gospel of Mark. He holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Trinity International University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Professional Experience

John has been teaching the Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament course since its inception. He also has teaching experience in high school, university, and seminary settings