Department of Religious Studies

Lecture by Margaret Mitchell (University of Chicago)

Fri, September 18, 2009 | Seminary of the Southwest, Room 210

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lecture by Margaret Mitchell (University of Chicago)

"The Corinthian Correspondence & the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics"

Margaret Mitchell is Professor of New Testament and Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings, with particular focus on in their relationship to the wider Greco-Roman world and literary culture in which they were composed, as well as in the legacies of those texts as sacred scripture for Christian communities in later antiquity and beyond.

Dr. Mitchell is the author of Paul and the Rhetoric of ReconciliationThe Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation, and (with Rowan Greer) of The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church. She is also editor (with Frances M. Young) of The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 1 (Origins to Constantine). Recent articles include "Origen, Celsus and Lucian on the 'Dénouement of the Drama' of the Gospels," "Looking for Abercius: Reimagining Contexts of Interpretation of the 'Earliest Christian Inscription,'" and "Le style, c'est l'homme: Aesthetics and Apologetics in the Stylistic Analysis of the New Testament." Dr. Mitchell's 2008 Speaker's Lectures at Oxford University, Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

A short reception will follow the lecture. Free parking is available at the seminary.

This lecture is part of the Central Texas Colloquium on Religion. For more information, contact

Sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies at UT-Austin & the Seminary of the Southwest

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