It Means? All Sorts of Things!

Date(s) - 09/29/2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Rush Creek Christian Church


It Means? All Sorts of Things!
Thirteenth Fred B. Craddock Seminar on the Gospels
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Rush Creek Christian Church, Arlington
Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

This seminar will look at some different ways in which New Testament passages have been interpreted across the last two millennia in different contexts. We will look at a number of NT scenes that have “travelled” across the millennia to new and different situations to see how people have made meaning of them to address different circumstances across the centuries. This approach, commonly called “Reception history” or a “history of effects” approach, suggests that the meaning we make of biblical texts is not fixed in the texts themselves but is created at particular cultural-personal moments in the interaction between interpreters and texts.

Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he is especially interested in the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of fourteen books including Matthew and the Margins (2000), Matthew and Empire (2001), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (2006), John and Empire (2008), What Does Revelation Reveal? (2011), Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World (2013), The New Testament: Methods and Meaning (2013, with Amy-Jill Levine), God in the New Testament (2016) and Telling Tales About Jesus: An Introduction to the New Testament Gospels (2016). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (Abingdon). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.