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04.06.18 August Boeckh Lecture

Wann 04.06.2018 von 18:30 bis 20:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
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August Boeckh Lecture im Sommersemester 2018

Laura Nasrallah (Harvard University: The Divinity School)

Paul’s Letter to the Romans: Between the Obelisks of Psamtik II and Benito Mussolini

This lecture investigates Paul’s Letter to the Romans, foregrounding themes of power, ethnicity, and time. The letter’s language of race and ethnicity has often been used to support Christian supersessionism and anti-Semitism, rather than being read within the context of Paul’s Jewish identity. This lecture instead uses literary,papyrological, and archaeological evidence to reconstruct a historical context of ethnic tensions in Rome and Egypt—including tensions about Jewish ethnicity. Further, we will explore: How might those who first received the Letter to the Romans have understood Paul’s language of ethnicity and time in relation to an obelisk of Egyptian kingPsamtik II that stood as a gnomon or timepiece within Augustus’s Mausoleum complex? And why, centuries later, did Mussolinimodel himself after Augustus and erect his own obelisk in Rome?