11 July 2016

Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire

Paul’s letter to the Romans is seen by many as the centrepiece of his epistles, providing a summary of his theology and the key to his thought. We will, however, read Romans as a thoroughly situational letter, written to communities shaped by the culture and beliefs of imperial Rome, struggling not only with their own social contexts, but also with the place of Judeans and the story of Israel in their midst. The social status of the believing communities in Rome, as well as the social dislocation of many residents of Rome will provide a context for reading Romans from below, as a letter to communities struggling with what it means to be faithful in a context of slavery, poverty and violent distrust of the stranger.

ICS 150205/250205 S16
Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat
On-Campus Summer Intensive
July 11-15, 2016
9:30am - 4:30pm
Pre-course reading required

(MWS, MA, PhD)

CSTC Approved (Biblical Foundations)