Wednesday, 14 July 2010

David Horrell at the Mainz Moral Meeting

I was privileged to have had supper with proff David Horrell, Ruben Zimmermann, Jan van der Watt etc in Mainz last night. Prof Horrell shared with me some fascinating aspects of his theological development since he finished his PhD in the early 1990's in Cambridge.
Today he participated in the Mainz Moral Meeting with a paper entitled "Soma as a Basis for Ethics in Paul". In it he compared Paul's use of the body metaphor in 1 Corinthians 12.12-31, with Dionysius' Roman Antiquities 6.86. As my research focuses on the implications of the bodily resurrection for moral behavior in 1 Corinthians, his paper was extremly important to me.

See the link below for the program:

There are amazing churches in Mainz. The one to the left was built around 975 CE.

Monday, 12 July 2010

An Evangelical giant? Martin Hengel and the 2010 Tyndale Fellowship New Testament Study Group

Words fail to express the significance of the papers, informal discussions and personal testimonies shared at this year's New Testament study group. Fortunately all the papers will be published in due course. One of the requiring issues that stood out for me was Martin Hengel's uncompromising Evangelical faith on the one hand, and his ruthless insistence on historical research on the other. One person commented that Hengel once said that he is an Evangelical because he is a Christian and a liberal because the truth will set you free.
Much much more needs to be said (and will be said!) but I go away from this conference with the lasting impression of an Evangelical giant whose life and work will continue to challenge both Evangelicals and Liberals alike to take both faith and history serious. Any thoughts from others who also attended the conference?
I had the privilege of meeting the great (and humble!) prof Howard Marshall who used to teach at Aberdeen in Scotland.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Renowned Evangelical Scholars at the Tyndale Fellow NT Study Group

I hope to blog about some of the papers being delivered here at the NT Study Group which is this year commemorating Martin Hengel. It is such an honour to rub shoulders with influential Evangelical scholars here. I place a few pictures below (I wonder whether someone knows all their names?):