Whirls Without End: Worlds that Shaped the New Testament

Date(s) - 03/15/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

First Presbyterian Church


Stalcup icons_EventHow 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.

carter_warren_headshotWarren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John and on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of eleven 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), and Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World (2013). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (2004). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.