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Centre for Catholic Studies


Reading Paul Today: Grace and Gift for Protestant and Catholic Theology

A Research Symposium in Conversation with John M. G. Barclay’s Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans, 2015)

Friday 22 June 2018, 10am-6pm in Lecture Room 1, Ushaw College, Durham*

In his book, Paul and the Gift, John Barclay presents a fresh reading of grace in Paul's theology, studying it in view of ancient notions of "gift" and shining new light on Paul's relationship to Second Temple Judaism. Paul and the Gift centres on divine gift-giving, which for Paul, Barclay says, is focused and fulfilled in the gift of Christ. Barclay offers a new appraisal of Paul's theology of the Christ-event as gift as it comes to expression in Galatians and Romans, and he presents a nuanced and detailed discussion of the history of reception of Paul.

This symposium will be an opportunity for academics, postgraduate students, and other interested parties from New Testament, historical, and systematic theology from across the UK, Europe and further afield to gather in Durham for a day of intensive discussion of this book and its wider significance.

Speakers will include Lewis Ayres, John Barclay, Dorothea Bertschmann, Nathan Eubank, Karen Kilby, Jonathan Linebaugh, Grant Macaskill, Paul D. Murray, Francis Watson, and Simeon Zahl.


The cost of the symposium, to include refreshments, a buffet lunch and a closing reception is £40 (reduced fee of £30 for unwaged participants).

There is no charge for postgraduate students and staff in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University to attend, but online registration will be essential.

Please register here

*Transport between Durham city and Ushaw College will be provided on a complimentary conference coach departing Durham rail station at 9.15am, and from Dunelm House, New Elvet at 9.25am. The conference coach will depart Ushaw College at 6pm for Durham city. Transport must be pre-booked through the registration website.

This symposium is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies and the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies in conjunction with the CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology.

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