SJC: Tell us a little bit about the Humboldt Research Fellowship.
Dr. Zelyck: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants research fellowships to international scholars that allows them to conduct research at universities in Germany. I was awarded a 14-month fellowship at the University of Regensburg.
SJC: What kind of research will you be completing in Germany?
Dr. Zelyck: I am primarily interested in the canonical gospels, but recently I have explored the apocryphal gospels from the second and third centuries. While in Germany, I will complete a commentary on the Egerton Gospel. This is one of the earliest apocryphal gospels (written around 200 AD), and Jesus appears quite recognizable. He gets into disputes with Jewish authorities, heals a leper, and performs a miracle near the Jordan River. The unknown author of this text also appears to use, and alter, passages about Jesus from the canonical gospels.
SJC: What part of going to Germany are you most excited about academically?
Dr. Zelyck: I am excited about having the time to finish the commentary, and work under the guidance of the Chair of Catholic Theology at the University of Regensburg, Tobias Nicklas. We have been friends for a number of years, and I am sure that he will offer helpful critiques of my work.
SJC: What part of going to Germany are you most excited about personally?
Dr. Zelyck: I am looking forward to living in a relatively small town in Bavaria, wearing Lederhosen to work, Glühwein at the Christkindlmärkte, and weekend trips around Europe with Kristin and the children.