In 24 hours the conversation begins. N.T. Wright, Richard Hays, and Oliver O’Donovan will keynote this year’s St. Andrews conference on Scripture and Christian Theology.
The topic is Galatians.
The sessions, no doubt, will provide some down moments where one slumps back into their seat and daydreams of more important things. But the lineup promises more rich meaningful discussion than it does hot air. As the program starts unofficially tonight with a tour of the city (I’ll skip out on that one) and ends tonight with a slightly dramatic reading of Wright’s recent translation of Paul’s six chapters to the Galatians, I will prepare myself over the next three days to take fast and furious notes on all the unfolding drama.
The evening session are free and open to the public and include:
- Wednesday, July 11 ˙ 8pm NT Wright Jesus as Messiah in Galatians
- Thursday, July 12 ˙ 8pm Oliver O’Donovan Flesh and Spirit (Gal 5.16-26)
- Friday, July 13 ˙ 8pm Richard Hays Apocalyptic Poetics in Galatians: Paternity, Passion, and Participation
Other sessions include
- Beverly Gaventa The Singularity of the Gospel
- Ivor Davidson The One Who Called You: Paul, the Gospel, and God
- Timothy Wengert and Scott Hafemann Martin Luther on ‘Justification by Curses and Blessings’ in Galatians
- Lewis Ayres, Mark Elliott, and Karla Pollmann Galatians in Historical Perspective: Patristic and Medieval Interpretation
- John Barclay Grace and the Counter-Cultural Reckoning of Worth: Community Construction in Galatians 5-6
- Bruce McCormack Justification by Faith
- Jean-Nöel Aletti Paul’s Exhortations in Galatians 5.16-25 From the Apostle’s Techniques to His Theology
- Simeon Zahl Desires of the Flesh, Desires of the Spirit: Galatians 5 and the Affections.
I’m not sure if there are any tickets left or if they are still on sale, but if you are on the edge, do what you can to come and join the party.