When Giants Converse

This June,the University of Edinburgh is holding a ‘discussion’ between two friendly rivals, and giants in the field of Pauline studies: Tom (NT) Wright and John Barclay: Profs Wright and Barclay Discuss Paul

A quick background: Tom and John were at Cambridge together years ago doing their doctoral work (Tom tutored John briefly whilst at Cambridge writing up his thesis, although he earned his D.Phil under George Caird at Oxford; John’s supervisor at Cambridge was Morna Hooker). Whilst still friends, they take different ‘perspectives’ on Paul, in particular how they ask and answer fundamental questions including the Law, grace, and justification in Paul.

A key difference is whether Paul should be understood via either a narrative or apocalyptic framework. These issues, and others, grant a quite different view of Paul, whilst still agreeing on other fundamental concerns.

Thus, this promises to be a healthy discussion indeed.

So if you happen to be in the UK this summer, or need an(other) excuse to visit Edinburgh, this is an event you won’t likely want to miss:

Profs Wright and Barclay Discuss Paul

See you there, and make sure to say hello if you attend!

Note: an earlier version of this post did not clarify with enough specificity that Tom’s D.Phil. was from Oxford, not Cambridge. 


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