Identity Formation in the New Testament

The purpose of this research unit is to explore the various ways the New Testament writings shape early Christian identity within the context of the Roman world generally and Judaism specifically. This year, papers will probe ways that sciences of mind (e.g., philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, linguistics) inform the investigation of the formation of identity in the New Testament. For further information: J. Brian Tucker brian.tucker@moody.edu and Elizabeth Shively ees3@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Elizabeth Shively, University of St. Andrews, Presiding

Matthew L. Walsh, Acadia Divinity College
"Holy Ones" as a Christian Self-Designation: A Comparison of Religious Identity in the Pauline Corpus and in the Dead Sea Scrolls (15 min)

Discussion (10 min)

James D. Dvorak, Oklahoma Christian University
The Linguistics of Social Identity (Re-)Formation (15 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Break (10 min)

Alexander E. Stewart, Tyndale Theological Seminary (Amsterdam)
The Role of Fear and Hope in Drawing and Transcending Boundaries in the Apocalypse of John (15 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Troy Miller, Memphis College for Urban Theological Studies
The Process of Early Christian Identity Formation and the Emergence of the Social Phenomenon of Heresy (15 min)

Discussion (10 min)

General Discussion

Discussion (10 min)