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New Perspectives on Apostle Paul at Virtual Spring Symposium This Month

Biblical Archaeology Society
April 19, 2024

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2024 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), a consumer magazine, will host its second annual symposium via Zoom on Saturday, April 27 from 1-5:45 pm Eastern. "New Perspectives on Paul" will offer live talks from leading Bible scholars and archaeologists:

    David Clausen, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has published the most comprehensive study yet on the traditional location of the Last Supper.

    "Did Paul Preach a Law-Free Gospel?" Paul either taught, or was accused of teaching, a "law-free" gospel. This implied, among other things, that the Torah, and the covenant associated with it, was no longer in force. But is this an accurate summary of the message of the historical Paul? Did Paul announce that, with the coming of Christ, the covenants between God and Israel were no longer in effect?

    Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, is one of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools.

    "Reading Paul as a Jew" Paul, a Jew, abandoned his fellow Jews and Jewish practice once he devoted himself to Christ—at least that is the common view. In the last half century, however, a small number of scholars have collectively formulated a different paradigm, now referred to as "Paul-within-Judaism." These scholars have a different starting point for Paul's letters that helps get history right and which has benefits for today's Jews and Jewish-Christian relations.

    Ben Witherington, III, Asbury Theological Seminary, is one of the world's top evangelical scholars.

    "Paul within Judaism?" Witherington will argue that Paul was a radical Jew who believed Jesus was the Jewish messiah, and who also believed Jesus was the Lord of both Jews and Gentiles—and that his Gospel was for them both. Paul believed Jew and Gentile united in Christ was the fulfillment of God's plan of creating a saved people. The lecture will also chronicle why some models of Paul within Judaism simply do not come to grips with the radical nature of Paul's thought.

    Mark Goodacre, Duke University, will moderate and give attendees the chance to share their own questions and comments with the presenters.

Registration for this event is $99 through April 25, 2024. Or save $20 with a BAS All-Access Membership.

To register online, go to biblicalarchaeology.org/sym2.

The Biblical Archaeology Society founded in 1974 is the premier nonprofit educational organization that bridges academics in the archaeology of the Holy Land to a global lay audience.

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