Presentation & Annual Lunch
By Dr Amelia Brown
St. Paul (Saul, Paul of Tarsus) was one of the most energetic travellers and characters in early Christianity, originating from Tarsus (modern Turkey) and travelling throughout the Roman Empire. He was an unlikely influencer of the spread of Christianity in the Roman world driving the transformation of Rome from a pantheistic (several religions) to monotheistic empire. He himself transformed from persecuting Christians as a result of an epiphany on the Road to Damascus and converting to Christianity becoming an avid and very zealous reformee. His journeys across Asia Minor, Greece, Malta and Rome and his missions to Cyprus, Ephesus, Thessaloniki, Corinth and Malta are well documented in his letters to the various communities which are recorded in the New Testament. These are a colourful mixture of truth and fiction, with fact, mythology and embellished oral history intertwined.
Dr Brown will discuss some recent excavations which shed light on the specific context of Saint Paul’s missions . Archaeology has benefits and drawbacks as a source for Paul’s missions and its limitations must be understood. However, selected artefacts, monuments and landscapes can provide a better understanding of Paul’s letters and the ravel narrative of Acts.
Luncheon will be served at 1:00pm.
Talk will commence at 2:00pm.