Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Apostle Paul on Radio 4

I should be revising, but I gave myself 45 minutes off to listen to In Our Time, which today was on the subject of the Apostle Paul. The contributors were:
  • John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews;
  • John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University; and
  • Helen Bond, Senior Lecturer in the New Testament at the University of Edinburgh.

The treatment of Paul was generally very good. It was good to hear Haldane's comments on the influence of philosophical thought on biblical criticism, on the progression from rationalist scepticism to the acceptance that belief in the miraculous is not absurd, and the concomitant shift back towards a straightforward reading of the NT documents; and Barclay's continual emphasis on Paul's eschatological belief that the cosmos was turning on its hinge with the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. There are also good comments on the reconciling death of Jesus.

Listen to the programme at 9.30pm tonight or here.