John Dominic Crossan


John Dominic Crossan was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, in 1934. He was educated in Ireland and the United States, received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College, Ireland, in 1959, and did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959 to 1961 and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of a thirteenth-century Roman Catholic religious order, the Servites (Ordo Servorum Mariae), from 1950 to 1969 and an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He joined DePaul University, Chicago, in 1969 and remained there until 1995. He is now a Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies.

Stories by John Dominic Crossan
An Easter message from old Cairo

The ancient Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus–Abu Serga for short–was built and rebuilt inside the Roman Fortress of Old … Continued

Obama, Easter and empire

Very early in his remarks at the Easter prayer breakfast, President Obama recalled, “the young man from Nazareth [who] marched … Continued

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The Real Issue is Violence, Not Sex

The bible prioritizes much more pressing issues than that of homosexual or heterosexual marriage — but no one seems to be listening.

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Whom Does Christ Exclude?

Who should accept the eucharist ritual? And what does it have in common with the “Pledge of Allegiance?”

Pope Looked Outward, but Not Inward

The Question: In his speech to U.S. bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Any tendency to treat religion as … Continued

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Time for Third Vatican Council

What can the Pope say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy and the laity … Continued