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June 3 @ 12:15 pm
Paul and the Roman Empire
When recounting the life of the apostle Paul, the writer of the New Testament’s book of Acts had to consider how Paul and his fellow Christians would be perceived by Roman readers. And what these readers wanted to know was this: Did the beliefs and practices of the group fit the conventional framework of what was acceptable in Roman society, or were they subversive and a threat to the established order? In this lecture, we’ll explore three aspects of Paul’s character and actions as they are described in Acts: Paul’s message about Jesus’s kingship in relation claims about the emperor, the relationship of Paul’s message to the other religious traditions in the empire, and Paul’s imprisonment and trials.