Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tribute to Charles Kingsley Barrett

The well-known New Testament exegete C.K. Barrett passed away on August 20th, 2011. He was born on May 4th, 1917 in Manchester. After completion of his doctorate in Cambridge, he was appointed lecturer (1945) and subsequently professor (1958) of Divinity at Durham University, where his spent most of his working life.

Barrett was a highly renowned scholar in the field of the interpretation of the letters of Paul and the Gospel of John. He was a person of outstanding knowledge of the history and languages of Mediterranean at the time of the New Testament. His scholarship attained international prominence. Pope Benedict XVI expressed his appreciation for Barrett’s work in his book: Jesus of Nazareth.

Barrett was a Methodist minister since 1944. His student and friends say that his scientific work and Christian ministry were welded together into a harmonious unity.

From among his numerous publications we highlight the following:
A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, London 1957.
From First Adam to Last: A Study in Pauline Theology, London 1962.
The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text, London 1965.
A Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, London 1973.
The Gospel of John And Judaism, London1975.
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, London 1994.
Jesus and the Word and Other Essays, Princeton, NJ 1995.
Paul: An Introduction to His Thought, London 1996.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reconciliation in Interfaith Perspective

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Voices


Bieringer R., Bolton D.


Jewish, Christian and Muslim Voices brings together scholars from Jewish, Christian and Islamic backgrounds to discuss the concept of reconciliation from within their respective traditions. These scholars focused on whether a common understanding on reconciliation is possible between the Abrahamic religions. In this volume the papers are arranged in two parts. The first contains generalized studies that approach the topic from a broad perspective. The second presents specialized studies that focus on specific issues like Islamic normalcy, the relationship between forgiveness and ethics or a comparison between Eastern and Western Christianity. The Jewish equivalent of reconciliation is discussed by Adele Reinhartz and Didier Pollefeyt. Reimund Bieringer, Roger Burggraeve, Yves De Maeseneer, David Pratt and Nico Schreurs focus on various aspects of the Christian understanding of reconciliation from many different perspectives. Finally Zeki Saritoprak and David Bolton as well as Marcia Hermansen and Julianne Funk Deckard deal with Muslim equivalents to reconciliation. The various studies brought together represent a great diversity of perspectives on reconciliation. While reconciliation is primarily a Christian concept coming from the Pauline tradition, it is important to see that similar ideas are present in both Judaism and Islam. Though differences remain, the contributions do demonstrate that not only is an Abrahamic trialogue on this subject possible, but that it is beneficial for all involved and that it has undoubted potential for further development.

The book can be acquired on the website of the publisher: Peeters

Thursday, September 1, 2011


The research group Exegesis, Hermeneutics and Theology of the corpus Paulinum and corpus Johanneum
announces an international conference in our Faculty which will take place on October 14-15, 2011 and has as its title:

“Between Hermeneutics and Exegesis: Cases from the Pauline Letters and the Gospel of Mark".

For the complete program please click here.

To register please click here.

We would like to invite you to participate in the conference.

Organizing committee:
Reimund Bieringer
Ma. Marilou Ibita
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz
Emmanuel Nathan
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