For centuries Christians have gathered to worship God and study the Bible. But this same text that has unified the faithful has also been the source of much discord. One of the most exciting—though by no means uncontroversial—academic developments during the past century has been the renaissance of interest in early Christian biblical scholarship. Earlier this year a leading scholar on the subject—Peter Martens—visited Brigham Young University. He delivered a paper called “The Bible in Early Christianity: Audiences, Projects, and Agendas” which was recently published in our journal Studies in the Bible and Antiquity.
In this episode, Martens addresses questions about how scholars today are learning more about early Christian interpretation of the Bible. A recording of the paper will appear in the next episode. In the meantime, you can read it here.
About Peter Martens
Peter Martens is associate professor of early Christianity and chair of the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He specializes in the exegetical cultures that emerged around the Christian Bible in late antiquity. He is author of Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life.
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