Stephen Westerholm, one of today’s most respected scholars on the works of the Apostle Paul, will present a three-part lecture on Judaism and Paul at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the 2006 Drumwright Lectures March 2-3.
Westerholm, associate professor of biblical studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, set forth his response to the “new perspective on Paul” in several works on the issue, including Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The ‘Lutheran’ Paul and His Critics, and “The ‘New Perspective’ at Twenty-Five” in the book, Justification and Variegated Nomism.
The “new perspective” on Paul is a reinterpretation of first century Judaism. It asserts that Jews in Paul’s day did not teach salvation by works. Therefore, they assert that Paul’s teachings on salvation by faith alone must have meant something different than traditionally thought. Scholars such as Westerholm critique this “new perspective” by saying that it threatens the doctrine of justification by faith as outlined by Martin Luther and other Reformers.
Westerholm has also researched the synoptic Gospels and the historical Jesus debate during his career. He holds a doctorate in theology from Lund University in Sweden.
The Drumwright lectures are free and open to the public at the following times:
· 11 a.m., Thursday, March 2, “Paul and Judaism: The Evidence of Galatians,” Truett Auditorium.
· 7 p.m., Thursday, March 2, “Paul and Judaism: Other Evidence,” Williamsburg Room, Naylor Student Center.
· 11 a.m., Friday, March 3, “New Perspectives on the New Perspective on Paul,” Williamsburg Room, Naylor Student Center.The Huber L. Drumwright Lectures in New Testament were established at Southwestern Seminary in 1987 by Minette Williams Drumwright Pratt as a memorial to her late husband. Drumwright, a former pastor, served on the New Testament faculty at Southwestern Seminary for almost 30 years and was dean of the theology school for seven years.