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Phi Beta Kappa Symposium: Katherine Shaner, "Slavery, Paul, and Luther's Legacy for the Bible"

  • Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Martin Luther’s legacy for biblical studies is undeniable. His concept of ad fontes, a return to the sources of faith, opened a door for critical analysis of both scripture and its historical contexts. Yet another of Luther’s enduring legacies, the concept of sola scriptura, or the singular authority of scripture, often stands in tension with interpretative methods and theological insights drawn from developments within the critical biblical studies that ad fontes fostered. This presentation examines this tension by exploring slavery, its historical context and its theological context in Pauline communities and their material environments. Why does slavery come to the fore for the first communities to which Paul wrote? What is the legacy of these ancient conversations about slavery for our contemporary theological perspective? What do our legacies (both from Luther and from slavery) mean for the next decades in both the church and the public square?

Questions? Contact Kate Narveson, 563-387-1593