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Hannibal Lecture Oct. 31: “What Went Wrong At Galatia?”


Michael McShane

October 28, 2013

Prof. Chris von Dehsen of the Carthage Religion Department will give a Hannibal Lecture at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Hedberg Library’s Niemann Media Theatre. All are welcome!

The title of his talk is “What Went Wrong At Galatia? Getting Into the Mind of Paul.”

Could St. Paul’s understanding of the very meaning of Christianity evolve over time? What dialectical pressures could have occasioned such a shift in his mind? By reading Paul’s letter to Galatians through the lens of his later letter to the Romans, Prof. von Dehsen hopes to show that Paul’s own concept of the meaning of the defection of the Galatian believers and the larger impact of the Christ event matured over time, and only came to a fuller, more comprehensive, understanding when confronted by the challenge of trying to address similar questions anticipated from the dual audiences in Jerusalem and Rome who thought that Paul “had some ‘splainin’ to do.”

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