Verbum co-sponsored the Pontifical Biblical Institute’s Jesus and the Pharisees conference in Rome this May. The conference brought together Catholic and Jewish scholars from around the world to discuss the role of the Pharisees in the life of Christ and the Church and how some portrayals of the Pharisees have contributed to anti-Semitism.[Read more…]
Inviting Students to Confront Their Misrepresentations About Jesus
Michael Kibbe | Great Northern University
“The Gospel of Mark can be summed up in two words: Rome wins.” I speak these words about sixty minutes into my first hermeneutics session of every semester. It’s a sophomore-level general education course at an evangelical liberal arts university, and since the students have already had OT and NT survey on top of whatever church/Christian education background they possess, the biblical literacy rate is reasonably high. But whatever perspective they’ve come in with about the story of Jesus, “Rome wins” probably isn’t it.1[Read more…]
by Adam Winn | University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Rome and Rome’s empire have always been recognized as significant pieces of the New Testament’s background. It was a Roman governor who sentenced Jesus to die on a Roman cross. It was a Roman centurion who was the first Gentile convert in Acts. It was on Roman roads that Paul traveled to bring the gospel of a crucified Messiah to the Gentile world. And it was to the Roman government that Paul and Peter demanded Christians give obedience and proper respect.[Read more…]
Today (Monday), tomorrow, and Wednesday are the last days remaining in which you can submit a proposal to the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, or ISBL.
This Summer, ISBL will be holding its meeting in none other than R-O-M-E.
That’s right. Rome, Italy. The seat of historic Christianity (except for those few years in Avignon, France). The epicenter of faith for centuries of believers. And the best travel experience you could offer your spouse for a summer holiday in 2019.
Get your proposals in now, and I hope to see you in Italy this coming July.