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USCCB Lecture: ¿Cuál es el mensaje del evangelio y las cartas de Juan?

The USCCB invited me to record a Spanish-language lecture for the Sunday of the Word of God on the message of the Gospel and Epistles of John. One can find the video of the talk here. For other videos, and supplementary resources for my talk, click here.

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New Insights into the New Testament Conference (2023): The NT Gospels

This fall (2023), I was part of an exciting new venture: a biblical conference for non-scholars. My talk was entitled, “Unlocking the Symbolism of the Fourth Gospel.” Here’s the abstract: The Gospel of John contains many narratives and images not contained in other early accounts of the life of Jesus. These materials were deliberately crafted—invented—by […]

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History Channel: History’s Greatest Mysteries, Season 4 (2023)

Look for me on multiple episodes of Season 4 of “History’s Greatest Mysteries” (History Channel). Two are now available on Hulu.

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MythVision Podcast: “Wrong about the Gospel of John”

In preparation for the upcoming New Insights into the New Testament virtual conference, I recorded a little teaser interview on the MythVision Podcast. Derek Lambert is great, and it was a lot of fun. Here’s the description: Join Dr. Hugo Mendez from UNC Chapel Hill as he delves into the intricate tapestry of the Gospel […]

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Summer Residency at the NHC

The UNC College of Arts and Sciences made this small feature profiling me and my Geography colleague, Nina Martin. We were honored to be selected as Summer Residents at the National Humanities Center (and it’s been such an incredible time). Enjoy learning about my work here!

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Misquoting Jesus Podcast: “Is the Gospel of John a Forgery?”

Last month, I recorded a podcast episode with my colleague Bart Ehrman (that, well, wow, has amassed 100k views). Here’s the official description: In this special episode, Bart takes a turn at doing the interviewing, talking to his colleague Hugo Mendez about the Gospel of John. Scholars have long argued that the Gospel of John […]

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Debating the Johannine Community with Paul Anderson

In the weeks since the publication of my article, “Did the Johannine Community Exist?” Paul Anderson (George Fox University) published a response article at the Bible and Interpretation blog. I was invited to write a response, in turn. Both pieces are live: Anderson’s response to “Did the Johanniune Community Exist?” (“On Biblical Forgeries and Imagined […]

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New Article: “Did the Johannine Community Exist?”

I’m happy to report that my article on the Johannine community has been released in the March 2020 issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The piece is Sage Choice/Open Access courtesy of UNC Libraries, so please consider a read or share! The abstract is below: This article challenges the historical existence of […]

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Syllabus: “The Gospel of John and its Earliest Readers” (UNC Chapel Hill)

For a taste of my recent teaching (advanced undergraduate), see the syllabus for my John seminar, posted at my academia.edu page. Abstract: This course traces the evolution of John—both as a written text and as an object of interpretation—to illuminate the shifting interests and anxieties of Christians living in the 1st–3rd centuries CE. Our study […]

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New Publication: “‘He Spoke… Forever’: A Hebrew Idiom in Luke 1,55”

My latest article with Biblica is posted online. Abstract: “This article isolates three parallels to the expression, “he spoke… forever” (Luke 1,55) in translations of the Psalms of Solomon and Jubilees. These parallels suggest that Luke 1,55 calques a Hebrew idiom for oath-swearing, likely known to Luke from Greek translations in his sources. Read in light […]

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