SBL 2017 – Boston

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.

(Christian 2017, 15)

PDF – Insinuatio and Paul’s Areopagus Speech in Acts 17.22-31

PowerPoint – Insinuatio and Paul’s Areopagus Speech in Acts 17.22-31 – PowerPoint


SBL 2014 – Rhetoric and the New Testament



Here is my paper presentation from SBL this past year in November at San Diego, CA. I had the honor of giving the very first paper for the “Rhetoric and the New Testament” section. I was very happy with how it went and with the feedback I received. I was also very thankful for my Ph.D. advisor, Ben Witherington III, coming to hear my paper. In addition, Greg Carey who presided over the session said at the end of the session, “Well, you’ve convinced me.” This affirmation has given me a lot of encouragement as I continue to seek this topic for my dissertation.

I welcome more feedback, positive and negative, so long as it is constructive.