Milan Kostrešević

Doctoral Student

Institute for New Testament Studies

Postal Address
Universität Bern
Institut für Neues Testament
Länggassstrasse 51
CH-3012 Bern
10–12/ 2013–2015 Research Associate in the New Testament Department of the Institute for Biblical Studies, Theological Faculty, University of Bern
2012– Doctoral Student, Department for Christian Catholic Theology, Theological Faculty, University of Bern
2011 Master's Degree in Theology, Orthodox-Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrad, Serbia
2010 Bachelor's Degreee in Theology, Orthodox-Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrad, Serbia
2002–2006  Gymnasium of the «Holy John Chrysostomos» in Kragujevac, Serbia
1994–1998  Music School in Banja Luka (Clarinett)
1994–2002  Primary School in Banja Luka
1987 Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The Gospel of John
  • Interpretation of the Gospel of John in Eastern Churches
  • Apocryphal Literature
  • SBL (Society of Biblical Literature), since 2014
  • EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies), since 2016
  • SThG (Schweizerische Theologische Gesellschaft), since 2015
  • TTT (Think Tank Theology), since 2016

"Das Licht im Johannesevangelium vor dem Hintergrund des zeitgenössischen Platonismus"

The dissertation examines the motif of "light" in the the Prologue of John's Gospel and in John 8:12–12. The aim is to find out how the motif of light in the Gospel according to John is employed and how it was received in the Eastern tradition (Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Dionysius the Areopagite). The question concerning the light leads to further inquiry concerning other aspects:

  • the Christological (Jesus Christ as the light of the world, John 8:12),
  • the theological (Jesus Christ as the light from light)
  • the eclesiological (insofar as light is ascribed to those who live in the unity of Christ).

In this study, semantically related words will be examined as well (e.g. the dualism of day and night, the illuminating glory of God, etc.). This dissertation project investigates the Gospel according to John because the metaphor of light can be explored in a productive way as regards the aforementioned aspects. This issue has been analyzed above all by C.H. Dodd, R. Bultmann, F.N. Klein, C.R. Koester, O. Schwankl, and M. Pulver; the project can thus incorporate serious previous examinations of the topic.

Project advised by Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirsch-Luipold and Prof. em. Dr. Urs von Arx.