Eckhard Schnabel is the author of one of the most extensive studies on early Christian missions written in the past 100 years. He will present a lecture series titled “The Methods of Paul’s Missionary Work” during Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s 2007 Huber L. Drumwright Lecture series, March 1-2.

Schnabel, professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., is a key figure in contemporary discussions on early Christian missions. The author of many works, he is especially known for his two-volume InterVarsity Press publication, Early Christian Missions. In addition to his expertise in early missions, Schnabel has also gained proficiency in the areas of Jewish history and theology, Pauline exegesis and theology, early Christian history, biblical theology and hermeneutics.

Schnabel earned the equivalent of a Master of Theology degree from the Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule in Basel, Switzerland. He then completed his doctoral degree in New Testament at Aberdeen University in Scotland. After serving on the mission fields in Latin America, Europe and Asia and teaching in the Philippines and Germany, Schnabel was elected to the faculty at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1998.

The Drumwright lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

-         10:50 a.m., Thursday, March 1, “Points of Contact for Preaching the Gospel: the Realia of Missionary Work in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Truett Auditorium.

-         7 p.m., Thursday, March 1, “The Persuasiveness of the Gospel: the Problemata Rhetorica of Preaching the Cross,” Williamsburg Room, Naylor Student Center.

-         11 a.m., Friday, March 2, “Explanations for Missionary Success: Ratio and Causa According to Paul’s Theology,” 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 School of Theology for seven years