Meeting Paul in His Letters

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9am – 3pm in Collegeville, MN

Facilitator: the Rev. Dr. George Martin

Think you know Paul’s theology and impact on the church? Not only would Paul be surprised to know we still read his letters, he’d be amazed at the way he’s been described in the traditions of the church. Rather than rely on a legendary Paul we will be looking at the ways Paul revealed a great deal about himself. If we leave the Acts of the Apostle aside we actually discover a much different St. Paul.

Join the Rev. Dr. George Martin, Episcopal priest and scholar of Paul’s life and work, to delve into the world Paul inhabited and ask questions both critical and faithful. If you’ve been avoiding reading or preaching about Paul, or if you think you have him figured out, this workshop will breathe some new curiosity and life into your discipleship!

Some of the topics we’ll touch on include:

  • The creation of historical memory and why some New Testament documents must be placed in a different time from the very earliest documents—earlier is always better in this seminar!
  • The historic mistranslations of the word often translated either “righteousness” or “justice.” You will never read Romans the same again!
  • The subversive Paul who dared to have another Lord (Kurios) other than Caesar
  • The unmanly Paul whose memory was treasured by many women in the 2nd and 3rd century, while the men were trying to rehabilitate him.
  • community of nobodies grounded in an ethical community that welcomed the marginalized to discover their humanity as shaped by Christ

Preparation: The seven letters scholars generally agree Paul wrote: (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, & Philemon). And, at www.georgemartin.org you will find chapters the workshop facilitator has written. Reading some or all of these ahead of time will lead you to bring great questions to our discussion. Together we will be wrestling with discovering Paul in his letters. (It’s OK to download and print those chapters.)

Want to try out an online course too? Enroll in New Testament Interpretation and you can take part in this workshop for free.

Register here soon.