In Memoriam: Whitney Shiner


Whitney ShinerWe remember Dr. Whitney Shiner with gratitude for his work and passion as a pioneer of what we now call Biblical Performance Criticism. His book Performing the Gospel: First-Century Performance of Mark and his performances of Mark's Gospel inspired many others to perform and explore ancient performances.

His obituary appropriately quotes the last paragraph of his book:

“…The performance of the Gospel makes Jesus powerfully present. It allows me to participate in his life and his death. The Gospel event embodying the life and death of Jesus is transformative, transformative because it lifts me out of ordinary existence. It creates a new reality. Something in me dies. Something in me is born. It is no longer I who live. The Pauline language describes the intended effect of the Gospel event. I participated in the faithfulness of Christ. It continues to live in me.”