Insinuatio and Paul’s Areopagus Speech in Acts 17:22-31
I am posting my 2017 SBL paper presented in Boston, MA on November 20, 2017 entitled “Insinuatio and Paul’s Areopagus Speech in Acts 17:22-31.” This was for the Greco-Roman Religions program unit with the theme of Interactions with Cultic Spaces. The paper is taken from portions of my dissertation (still finishing). You can listen to the recording above, use the PowerPoint below, and read along with the paper below. The presentation with feedback lasted 52 minutes! Not the normal length at SBL, but this was because I presented last, they had extra time for the session, and there was a business meeting afterwards for the program unit. They questioned me for about 20 minutes, some people being polite and others (ignorantly) mocking (the consensus among scholars that Greeks and Romans did not accept the Jewish-Christian theology of future, bodily, transformative resurrection).
Please properly cite this paper as such (SBLHS):
Christian, Timothy J. 2017. Insinuatio and Paul’s Areopagus Speech in Acts 17:22-31. Paper presented at the annual meeting of SBL. Boston, MA. November 20.
On April 15, I had the opportunity to present my paper entitled “Hell No? The Void of New Testament Theology” at the Doctoral Biblical Studies Seminar at Asbury Theological Seminary. This is a work of New Testament theology on the negative afterlife. My fellow Ph.D. student Donald Murray Vasser responded with a scholarly review.
Here is the paper abstract:
“It is no small quest to understand and plunge the depths of such a heated matter as Hell. Many throughout church history have perennially ventured on such an endeavor, some understandably with hesitancy and reluctance. At best, their efforts have demonstrated that this doctrine is vitally important for understanding the Christian take on the afterlife. At worst, they have left us today gazing into an abyss of immortal uncertainty about the final destination of the wicked. While some still hold to a traditional interpretation of Hell, many today have meandered off the trail pushing the theological boundaries with universalism, annihilationism, and purgatory. Furthermore, these differing perspectives and the unending debates concerning them seem to lead to more frustration and confusion, putting everyone into a state of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Not only so, but these further leave people asking the question, “What exegetical support is there for such proposed claims anyways?” The task set before us then in answering these questions is to delve into the recesses of Hell as presented in the NT and mine the quarry therein in order to provide a thoroughly exegetical NT theology of Hell. As such, we will do this by describing and summarizing each explicit mention of Hell in the NT throughout its major sections: (1) in Jesus and the Gospels, (2) in the book of Acts, (3) in the Pauline Epistles, (4) in the Catholic Epistles, and (5) in Revelation. After the survey of each major section, I will discuss the theological implications of that section for contemporary theology and the church. To finish, I will synthesize the various perspectives on Hell in the NT, thus setting forth a NT theology of Hell. Overall, I am arguing that only the traditional interpretation of Hell holds true when compared with the theology of Hell found in the NT. Put another way, neither universalism, annihilationism, nor purgatory have any exegetical grounding in the NT, but only the traditional take on the fate of the nefarious.”