I’ve just had a paper confirmed for the 4th annual Perth Theological Colloquium, which will be occurring at Murdoch University on 28th November. My 30 minute paper is outlined as follows:
When Historical Backgrounds Obscure the Text: The Case Study of 1 Corinthians 15
Socio-historical investigations of 1 Corinthians have flourished in recent years. In particular, there have been numerous historical reconstructions of the situation that allowed the slogan, “there is no resurrection of the dead.” Various backgrounds have been suggested as illuminative of the text, but interpreters have reached no consensus on a particular reconstruction that makes neat sense of the entire chapter. I suggest that before considering the historical backgrounds of the text, it is important to analyse the pastoral function of Paul’s resurrection chapter. Beginning with this sort of analysis will enable one to properly evaluate the relevance of “background” information.
The full programme is as follows:
Keynote Address: Theological Passions: “Abbesses, Feminism, and the Future” Carmel Posa, University of Notre Dame (WA), is a member of the Good Samaritan Sisters of the Order of St Benedict. Carmel publishes in the areas of monasticism, and spirituality, and has most recently contributed to a 24 vol European encyclopaedia on women and the Bible through the centuries.
- Paper 1 – Richard Moore (Vose Seminary): Justification according to Paul.
- Paper 2 – Janina Hiebel (Murdoch): Why does Ezekiel Start the Way it Does?
- Paper 3 – Geoffrey Lilburne (Murdoch): Recovering a Passion for Christology.
- Paper 4 – Matthew Malcolm (Trinity): When Historical Backgrounds Obscure the Text: The Case Study of 1Cor.15.
- Paper 5 – Andre van Oudtshoorn (Perth Bible College): Changing Worlds: Preaching from the Prophets for Today.