Pastoral Epistles: 1-2 Timothy, Titus

  Sponsor: Osvaldo Padilla (op[email protected]) and Lyn Kidson ([email protected])

3:30 to 5:30 pm
Conference Room 9

This new Research Group will begin in the national meeting in 2023. Over the last decade research on these letters has grown much, exploring, in particular, the phase of Christianity in which the documents were produced, the identity of the opponents, the theology of the letters, and whether or not the letters should be read as a group or individually. For 2023 the theme is “The Pastoral Epistles and Space.” These letters are full of the language of space or location: Asia, Ephesus, Crete, household, world, Rome, and so on. What can be gained in our understanding of the letters when, for example, we examine the relationship between itinerant teachers and domestic space? What happens when we read the letters with ancient, not modern, conceptions of private versus public space? How does a careful study of the treatment of women at Ephesus from fresh archaeological and literary sources help ‘set-up’ the exegesis of the letters? For more information, contact Osvaldo Padilla (opa[email protected]) and Lyn Kidson ([email protected]).

Osvaldo Padilla, Samford University, Presiding

Lyn Kidson, Macquarie University, Presiding

Lyn Kidson, Macquarie University
“Go Home!” Divisions between Private and Public Space in the Pastoral Epistles (20 min)

Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary
Eusebeia as Social Respectability: The Public Life of the Christian Pastor (20 min)

Break (10 min)

Discussion (15 min)

Isaiah Allen, Booth University College
The Fictional Household of Titus 2:1–15 (20 min)

Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne
Can We Place the Pastoral Epistles in the Chronological Space of the Second Century? (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)