Drumwright Colloquium


"Did God Reject God’s People?": A Symposium on Romans 9-11

Wednesday, November 19th
9:00 AM
J. Ross Wagner
"Beloved on account of the Ancestors" (Rom 11:28)
10:45 AM
Davina C. Lopez
"The Graft: Did Paul Cheat Israel out of an Inheritance?"
1:30 PM
Michael Wolter
“'It is not as though God’s word has failed': God’s Faithfulness and God's Arbitrariness"
(Rom 9:6-29)
3:15 PM
Jonathan Linebaugh
"Not the End: The History and Hope of the Unfailing Word in Romans 9-11"

Thursday, November 20th
9:00 AM
L. Ann Jervis
"Time in Romans 9-11"
10:45 AM
Simon Gathercole
"Locating Christ in Romans 9-11"
Greg Garrett Simon Gathercole
Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies - University of Cambridge
Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology - Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Simon Gathercole is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Before his current position, he studied Classics and Theology in the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, as well as for short periods at Tyndale House, Cambridge, the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught in the University of Aberdeen for seven years. He lives in Grantchester with his wife Rosie, and two children, Martha and Freddie.

His main academic interest is the interpretation of the New Testament and its surrounding literature. His principal theological interests are christology, and the doctrine of the atonement. He is the author of various books, including: Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5 (Eerdmans, 2002), The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke (Eerdmans, 2006), The Gospel of Judas (Oxford University Press, 2007), The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and The Gospel of Thomas: An Introduction and Commentary (Brill, 2014). He has written articles for journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal of Theological Studies as well as Christianity Today. He was for some years editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and is now co-editor of Early Christianity.

Anne Jervis L. Anne Jervis
Professor of New Testament Studies - Wycliffe College and Trinity College

L. Anne Jervis has published three books on Paul and several scholarly articles. She is currently writing a book for Baker Academics on Paul’s ethics. She has also written and taught in the area of women in the early church. She has been an invited speaker at institutions and conferences in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. She is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry of Princeton and is involved in the Princeton Pastor-Theologian program, the purpose of which is to enable church leaders to think deeply about the Christian faith. Ann is an ordained priest in the Diocese of Toronto and an honorary assistant at Church of the Redeemer, Toronto.

Jonathan Linebaugh Jonathan Linebaugh
Associate Professor of New Testament - Knox Theological Seminary

Jonathan Linebaugh studied New Testament Theology at Durham University, focusing on Paul’s theology of grace and righteousness in conversation with the texts of early Judaism resulting in several articles and God, Grace, and Righteousness in Wisdom of Solomon and Paul's Letter to the Romans (Brill, 2013). Dr. Linebaugh is also interested in the "afterlife" of New Testament texts, exploring the history of interpretation as well as the relationship between exegesis and theology. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume from IVP Academic entitled Reformation Readings of Paul.

Davina Lopez Davina C. Lopez
Associate Professor of Religious Studies - Eckerd College

Davina C. Lopez (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York) serves Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida as an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, where she teaches courses in biblical and ancient studies as well as theory and method in the study of religion. She additionally directs the Eckerd College Honors Program and coordinates the first-year core curriculum. A scholar of the New Testament, she is the author of Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul's Mission (2008) and the co-author, with Todd Penner, of De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories (2015). She is also a senior editor of the Greek World, Roman World, New Testament, and Early Church areas of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014).

Ross Wagner J. Ross Wagner
Associate Professor of New Testament - Duke Divinity School

J. Ross Wagner (Ph.D., Duke University) specializes in Paul’s letters and in Septuagint studies. He seeks to contribute to the recovery of theological exegesis through careful investigation of the ways scriptural interpretation shaped early Jewish and Christian communities. His publications include Heralds of the Good News: Paul and Isaiah in Concert in the Letter to the Romans (2002), Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9-11 (coedited with Florian Wilk, 2010) and, most recently, Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (Baylor University Press, 2013).

Michael Wolter Michael Wolter
University Professor of New Testament - University of Bonn, Germany
Honorary Professor - University of Pretoria, South Africa

Michael Wolter (Ph.D., University of Heidelburg, Germany) is an internationally recognized expert on Paul, Luke-Acts, and New Testament ethics. He is the author of Paul: An Outline of his Theology, a commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and Theology and Ethics in Early Christianity. Presently, he is working on a commentary on Romans.


You can watch or listen to our previous guests at the Drumwright Colloquium media page.

The Drumwright Colloquium brings national and international leaders in the field of New Testament Studies to the Baylor campus for interaction with students. Church and community leaders are invited to participate in conferences as well as younger, developing scholars.

Past presenters at the Drumwright Colloquium have been:
  • Simon Gathercole, L. Anne Jervis, Jonathan Linebaugh, Davina C. Lopez, J. Ross Wagner, and Michael Wolter (2014-15)
  • Larry Hurtado (2011-12)
  • Beverly Gaventa (2010-11)
  • David Horrell (2009-10)
  • Loveday Alexander (2008-09)
  • Dale Allison (2007-08)
  • C. Clifton Black (2006-07)
  • Bruce Winter (2005-06)
  • Markus N.A. Bockmuehl, Bruce W. Longenecker, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Francis Watson, Stephen Westerholm and John M.G. Barclay (2004-05)
  • Margaret Mitchell (2003-04)

For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Still.