New Testament Scholar To Speak March 4

Feb. 24, 2004

A New Testament scholar with an expertise in the Pauline letters and the history of Pauline interpretation in the early church will deliver the inaugural lecture for the Minette and Huber Lelland Drumwright Jr. Endowed Colloquium in New Testament Studies. Dr. Margaret Mitchell, associate professor of New Testament and early Christian literature in the University of Chicago's Divinity School, will speak on "Portraits of Paul and the Art of Pauline Interpretation" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Piper Great Hall at George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor University campus.

Mitchell's research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings in their relationship to the wider Greco-Roman world and literary culture in which they were composed, as well as in the legacies of those texts as sacred scripture for Christian communities in later antiquity and beyond.

She is the author of "Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation: An Exegetical Investigation of the Language and Composition of 1 Corinthians," "The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation," and co-editor with A.Y. Collins of "Antiquity and Humanity: Essays on Ancient Religion and Philosophy Presented to Hans Dieter Betz on His 70th Birthday." She currently is editing, with Frances M. Young, "The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 1 (Origins to Constantine)," and is working on a translation of 18 occasional homilies by John Chrysostom on Pauline passages for which no translation into a modern language exists.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Baylor religion department and Truett Seminary. For more information, call 710-3758.

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