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Theology Curator with Kurt Willems

Theology Curator is hosted by Kurt Willems (formerly, The Paulcast). Each episode reflects on a theological, formational, or cultural theme. We might dig into the life and letters of a radical Jewish teacher named Paul; converse about a pressing contemporary issue; reflect on the nature of following Jesus today; or even remedy doom-and-gloom preaching with a good old fashioned dose of hope. This show is an invitation to build bridges between the first century world of the earliest Christ-followers into the twenty-first century reality we now inhabit. The Jesus we excavate from the rubble of tradition might just surprise us all.
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Nov 27, 2018

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Season 2, Episode 2 (2018)

The audience and purpose of Romans is a foundational matter of debate in the study of Paul's letters. In this episode, Kurt Willems 1) gives a broad background to the issues, 2) looks at the Romans Road as something that is an example of the wrong grid for the book, and 3) offers a 'within Judaism' approach to the audience and purpose of Romans. 

Resources:

  • For a brief summary of the various approaches to Romans, see: Runar M. Thorsteinsson, Paul’s Interlocutor in Romans 2: Function and Identity in the Context of Ancient Epistolography, 114-121 and Neil Elliot, The Arrogance of Nation: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire, 13ff.
  • Also Read: Mark D. Nanos, “To the Churches in the Synagogues of Rome,” in Reading Paul's Letter to the Romans, ed. Jerry L. Sumney, ed., Resources for biblical study, edited by number, 73 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), 19–20. See also, Nanos, The Mystery of Romans, 372-387.

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