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Paul And The Law of Empire: Rethinking Justification By Faith 500 Years Post-Reformation
March 5, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am EST
Paul’s justification theology with its stern juxtaposition of Law against Gospel is undeniably the core doctrine of the Protestant Reformation. It is often perceived as the “Mighty Fortress” of a privatized faith-individualism and religious conservatism, e.g. with regard to women or the “other” race, religion, ethnicity, social status, sexual orientation. Developments in Pauline Studies over the past five decades, however, have dramatically challenged and changed our prevalent reading paradigm. Tracing the contours of the Law as opposed to Christ-faith in Galatians, we want to reopen the debate between Paul and Martin Luther as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Dr. Kahl lectures on Paul and the Law of Empire: Rethinking Justification by Faith 500 years post-Reformation.
Brigitte Kahl is Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She received her two doctorates from Humboldt University in Berlin. A major focus of her work has been on Galatians and justification theology within the context of the Roman Empire. Her use of visual exegesis “re-imagines” 1st century constructs of gender, identity and power relevant for Pauline interpretation through the lens of ancient art and architecture, a method she developed in Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading with the Eyes of the Vanquished. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010. Kahl is an ordained minister of the Protestant Church of Berlin Brandenburg.