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Matthew in Dialogue with Jewish and Christian Voices: An Evening with Dr. R. Alan Culpepper
Reading Matthew as a Jewish Gospel that charts a law-observant alternative to the Pauline mission leads us into the conflicts that defined the emerging Jesus movement. Apostolic leadership, observance of the law, and the gentile mission were defining issues, and each tradition had its partisan advocates. The First Evangelist was strategically situated, probably in Antioch, where the Mattheans debated with Pharisees, Mark, and some Paulinists. Matthew’s relationship to proponents of Q, James, John, the Didache, and Ignatius fill out the picture. By peering through a Matthean lens, we gain a fresh appreciation for the strident voices that lie behind our canonical writings.

Oct 6, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. R. Alan Culpepper
Dean Emeritus of the McAfee School of Theology
Dr. R. Alan Culpepper served as the dean of the McAfee School of Theology from its founding until 2015. He received a B.A. (1967) from Baylor University, his Master of Divinity (1970) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. (1974) from Duke University. Before coming to McAfee, Dr. Culpepper taught in the Religion Department at Baylor. In 2016, Dr. Culpepper received dean emeritus and professor emeritus status at McAfee. Outside of life at McAfee, Dr. Culpepper is the New Testament editor for the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary and for the Biblical Interpretation Series published by E.J. Brill. He also is on the editorial board from the Library of New Testament Studies. He has published nine books and several articles, curriculums, and book reviews, including Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, John the Son of Zebedee, “The Gospel of Luke” in The New Interpreters’ Bible, and Mark in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary.