Whirls Without End: Worlds that Shaped the New Testament

Date(s) - 01/25/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Acton United Methodist Church


How did the New Testament come into existence? It did not drop out of the sky pre-cooked and ready to read. It was not formed in a cultural, political, social, or religious vacuum. Rather, it emerged in, engaged, and reflected complex worlds. Written in Greek, contextualized by the Roman imperial world, drawing on Jewish scriptures and traditions, and shaped by the communal experiences of commitment to Jesus, it is the product of overlapping multi-cultural worlds. This seminar will look at several key events in which these various cultural and political traditions leave a large footprint on the ancient world and thereby shape the New Testament writings.