Today’s blog is a contribution by Dr. Harry O. Maier.
Christianity took form in the Roman Empire and as a consequence its foundational texts bear the imprint of its imperial location. This lecture takes up Paul to consider the ways in which Paul responded to his imperial location and how his letters used images and language to live faith at once within and beyond Empire. His letters form an indispensable backdrop to consider our own responses to our own international order and how faith invites courageously to live amidst the challenges of our day.
Harry O. Maier is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Vancouver School of Theology and is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Fellow of the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, at the University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany. Amongst his books is Picturing Paul in Empire: Imperial IMage, Text and Persuasion in Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2013).
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