Students and Faculty from Pilgrim Theological College will be well represented, including:
‘Human Rights and Contextualization: An Area of Contest?’
‘Pilgrims in Palestine: A Land Twice Imagined’
‘A God Worth Talking About for a Life Worth Living: The Accidental ‘Public Theology’ of Terry Eagleton’
‘The Eschatological Psychomachia in Old English Poetry’
I am giving a paper entitled ‘Defending or Building?: 2 Corinthians 12:19 and the Purpose of 2 Corinthians’. The abstract is as follows:
In 2 Corinthians 12:19 Paul writes: ‘Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you? We are speaking in Christ before God. Everything we do, beloved, is for the sake of building you up.’ Commentators who read 2 Corinthians as a sustained exercise in apostolic apology or self-defense struggle to interpret this verse. This paper surveys a number of scholarly strategies designed to get the exegete, or Paul, out of this conundrum. I propose that the preferable strategy is to take Paul at his own word, and offer reasons why 2 Cor. 12:19 supports the view that the epistolary purpose of 2 Corinthians is that of ‘building’ up the Corinthians rather than ‘defending’ Paul and his apostolic co-workers.
Other New Testament papers include:
Mary Coloe, “Are you greater than our father Jacob” (John 4:12)? Jacob’s role within John 4.
Brendan Byrne,‘One has died for all; therefore all have died” (2 Cor 5:14)’
Rosemary Canavan,‘Exploring a Rhetoric of Peace in Colossians’
Joe Capuana, ‘Rethinking the Western Non-interpolations: Evidence for Luke Re-editing His Gospel’
Terry Falla, ‘Gathering Earth’s Daughters: Recovering the Meanings of Syriac Words for Future Volumes of A Key to the Peshitta Gospels’