John’s Unique Voice with Dr. Kindy De Long

John's Unique Voice with Dr. Kindy De Long

For this featured conversation, we are pleased to feature Dr. Kindy De Long of Pepperdine University. Kindy shares insights into some of the things that John’s Gospel uniquely contributes to the Gospels’ telling of the story of Jesus. What might John be showing us that he considers of special importance?

Conversation Highlights

  • How John’s Gospel is especially concerned with leading people to belief
  • Jesus’ true identity as one who has come from above
  • The present-tense reality of Jesus’ transformative power for those who abide in Christ

Analysis of Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by Salvador Dalí

In her explanation of John’s unique view of the crucifixion, Kindy references this work by Salvador Dalí. It’s a unique interpretation of the crucifixion scene, to be sure.

Created in 1954, this is a nontraditional, surrealist portrayal of the Crucifixion of Jesus, depicting Jesus on the polyhedron net of a tesseract. It is one of the better-known pieces from Dalí’s later works.

About Dr. Kindy De Long

Kindalee “Kindy” Pfremmer De Long is a Professor of Religion and the Interim Associate Dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. She completed undergraduate and Master of Divinity degrees at Pepperdine Universtiy, and has her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

More by Dr. De Long

  • Read Dr. De Long’s contributions to the Leaven publication by Pepperdine.
  • Surprised by God: Praise Responses in the Narrative of Luke-Acts. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der alteren Kirche 166. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009.
  • “Angels and Visions in Luke-Acts.” Pages 79-107 in The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Benjamin E. Reynolds. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2017.
  • “Luke-Acts.” In T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism. Eds. Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. New York: T&T Clark, in press.
  • “Tobit.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Edited by Randall Chesnutt. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, in press.
  • “Daniel and the Narrative Integrity of His Prayer in Chapter 9.” Pages 219-249 in Vol. 1 of A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam. Edited by Eric Farrel Mason et al. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 153. 2 vols. Boston: Brill, 2012.
  • “‘Ask a Woman’: Childbearing and Ezra’s Transformation in 4 Ezra.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 22 (2012): 114-145.
  • “Responding to the God of Joy.” Pages 81-88 in Finding Their Voices: Sermons by Women in the Church of Christ. Edited by D’Esta Love. Abilene, TX.: Abilene Christian University Press, 2015.


  1. Really helpful in deepening my understanding of the Book of John…These interviews are so helpful in this study… thank you Mark!

  2. These interviews cause me to view things differently than I have previously. I tend to be a very literal person which means I miss so much of the meaning conveyed.

    1. Thanks for tuning in, Maggie! Glad the content is providing you with some fresh perspectives. More good stuff to come!

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