CGAR Conference Presentations
The papers presented at the 2021 Centre for Gospels and Acts Research Biennial Conference, Jesus: Beginning, Middle, and End of Time? Eschatology in Gospels and Acts Research is available for rent.
The presentations include plenary sessions by Prof Craig Evans, Assoc Prof Michele Connolly, and Dr Debra Snoddy, and papers from the Gospels and Luke are available for viewing at a nominal cost per video. SUBMIT A RENT REQUEST FORM or contact SCD at email@example.com if you want to rent any of the videos either for personal viewing or as a group.
Prof Craig Evans
Jesus’ vision of the kingdom sharply clashed with the beliefs and values of the Roman Empire of his day. We find in Jesus’s teachings and activities implied criticisms of Roman imperial ideology.
Prof Craig Evans
The early Christian community showed that the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus fulfilled Israel’s ancient prophecies, it articulated its theology in the context of the Roman Empire.
Assoc Prof Michele Connolly
The new timeframe provides the chronological sequence in which Mark tells the suffering, death, & resurrection of Jesus ending his narration at the dawning of a new day.
Realised Eschatology in the Gospel of John: John’s Focus and Purpose and Why it Still Matters to All Christians
Dr Debra Snoddy
The paper will seek to trace three episodes from the Johannine Corpus to show how and to what purpose the eschatological dissonance is resolved into a unique Johannine harmony.
Dr David Evans
The paper seeks to contribute to this analysis of Jesus as judge in Acts by considering this theme in light of non-Jewish Hellenistic literature.
Dr Charles B Riding
The paper will challenge whether Paul was converted on the road near Damascus.
“In the last days…” (Acts 2:17): Eschatology, Cultural Diversity, and the Challenge of Inclusivity in Acts
Dr Francis Otobo
The paper seeks to examine some texts in Acts (6:1–7; 11:1–18; 15:1–35; 21:17–26).
Dr Andrew Stewart
The paper argues that Luke’s presentation of Herod Agrippa II stands in contrast to his presentation of other Herodian Kings in Luke-Acts.
Dr John Griffiths
The paper will establish that six changes from the LXX version of Joel 2:28–32 indicate that the Lukan Peter sees God establishing the new eschatological temple at Pentecost, through two arguments.
Prof Mary Coloe
The paper will place NT approaches to eschatology within the theological ideas of late 2nd Temple Judaism, coinciding with the developing Jesus movement.
Dr Bill Salier
This paper will contribute to broader themes in the Gospel rather than focusing specifically on analysis from source or form critical perspectives.
Dr Blake Wassell
The paper argues that John reverses and undermines the synoptics on a key temporal matter.
Prof James Harrison
The extended insight into the petitionary habits of widows in the Sakaon papyri may throw light upon Jesus’ own rhetoric in Luke 18:1–8.
The paper analyses Giambrone’s argument paying close attention to his use of Second Temple literature and his exegesis of some of the Lukan parables.
Dr Denise Powell
The paper argues that the parable of the Good Samaritan can be read as a parable of pragmatic wisdom rather than one that primarily encourages virtue.
Assoc Prof Doru Costache
The paper shows that for the Orthodox philokalic tradition the ‘burning hearts’ indeed are a charismatic experience of the divine presence best understood as ‘realised eschatology’.
Dr Greg Forbes
Apostolic ministry and proclamation of the word of God are not coterminous, and the narrative creates space in which others can participate in the advancement of the gospel.
Dr Louise Gosbell
The paper will explore contemporary Jewish and Greco-Roman attitudes toward maimed bodies and what, if any, unique views were contributed by the earliest writers of the Jesus movement.
Dr Ma'afu Palu
On the basis of Jesus’ statement in Mark 1:15, the paper proposes that Jesus was proclaiming the fulfilment of the promise of time.
The Eschatological Coherence of Jesus’ “Random Sayings on Faith, Prayer, and Forgiveness” in Mark 11:22–25(26)
Prof Peter Bolt
The paper reads the sayings in the context of the narrative-movement towards Jesus’ end, & against the apocalyptic expectation of the movement of the world towards God’s kingdom.
The theory is a hypothesis which posits that the Hebrew alphabet was utilized as a means of referencing, sequencing and exploring key themes and moments in the Gospel.
The paper addresses the question of Jesus’ eschatology in the Gospel of Mark via a close study of Mark 8:38.
How might the depiction of angels contribute to an understanding of embodiment in the age to come?
Eschatological Kingmakers, Magicians, or Zoroastrian Priests: The Magi & Ambiguity as a Narrative Technique in Matt 2
Dr Jonathan Thambyrajah
Despite the common intention to read the Magi story in its historical context, the approaches produced conflicting views of who the Magi are & what they mean in the context of Matthew.
Dr Daniel McManigal
This paper offers an interpretation of John’s enigmatic baptism against the backdrop of the sign-acts performed by the prophets of the Old Testament.
The implications of the Archangel Raphael binding an evil being “hand and foot” in 1 Enoch 10 and Tobit 8 for reading Matthew 22:13
Dr Ruth Mathieson
The paper proposes that the apocalyptic topos of binding the hands and feet of an evil being is evoked in the king’s command to bind the inadequately dressed guest in Matthew 22:1–14.
Use of Verbal Aspect for Interpreting the Present Tense of ‘Ἔρχομαι in Jesus’ Olivet Eschatological Discourse in Matt 24:42-44
This presentation evaluates the full range of aspectual categories as well as the figurative use of the present tense of ἔρχομαι, (a verb of motion), in the Gospels and Acts.
Ethics & Eschatology in the Synoptic Tradition: Response to N.T.Wright on Gospel Eschatology in his Gifford Lectures
Assoc Prof David Neville
The paper probes a point of tension between ethics and eschatology within Wright’s fundamental proposal about Gospel eschatology.
Dr Mary J. Marshall
A review of the debate concerning the interpretation of the term ‘new covenant’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, and whether or how it relates to Jeremiah 31:31-34.
Dr Anthony Petterson
The paper traces the use of Zechariah 9–14 in the Gospels by means of quotation, allusion, and reuse of themes.
After summarising the major points of discussion in relation to the Son of Man problem, the paper compares & critiques the main suggestions by scholars.
Dr Anthony MacPherson
The paper will argue that when Jesus speaks of the “Son of Man…coming in the clouds” his comments reflect a very close reading of the text of Daniel.