Cross Purposes: Reading and Living the Gospels in the Roman Empire

October 22, 2012

Cross Purposes: Reading and Living the Gospels in the Roman Empire

Saturday, November 3 (9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School

Presented by:  Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School

First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler            , TX


How do our New Testament Gospels help early Christians as followers of one crucified by Rome but raised by God negotiate the Roman empire on a daily basis? There is no evidence for empire-wide, state-instigated persecution of Christians in the first-century though there were some local hostilities. Rather, the New Testament Gospels exhibit a range of strategies by which followers of Jesus made their way in Rome’s world including accommodation, self-protective resistance, fantasies of revenge and destruction, imitation, and alternative social experiences. Interwoven throughout is the very pressing question: how do contemporary followers of Jesus negotiate contemporary forms of empire?


Warren Carter’s scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, particularly on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ten books including Matthew and the Margins (2000), Matthew and Empire (2001), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (2006), John and Empire (2008), and What Does Revelation Reveal? (2011). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (2004). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.


Student registration is $5 and includes a light lunch.  To register see Sandy Brandon in MOR 20.