Bethel College Colloquia Faculty Lecture Series Continues Dr. Fred Long Speaks on Saint Paul's Political Theory

Dr. Fred Long, assistant professor of New Testament, will speak April 20, 2007, at 4:00 p.m., in the Miller/Moore Academic Center room 342, on Saint Paul's Political Theory in Ephesians.

Although the genre of Ephesians has eluded interpreters, many have rightly elaborated its focus on God's plan in Christ, the unity of the church, and the ethic of holy love. Dr. Long will argue that its arrangement and particular themes correspond completely with ancient political theory as conveyed, for example, in Cicero's De Re Publica, half of which is no longer extant. In Ephesians, Paul is seen to subvert the then dominant Roman Imperial ideology and propaganda by describing the supreme counter Lord and Saviour and unifying Peacemaker Jesus Christ who conquers through sacrificial love and calls forth communities to imitate God in love and forgiveness.

In his eighth year at Bethel College, Dr. Fred Long is assistant professor of New Testament. His scholarly work has concentrated on the intersection of Classical Greco-Roman thought and the New Testament. Dr. Long has presented papers internationally, and has published work with Cambridge University Press (in the SNTSMS series), T & T Clark, InterVarsity and Logos Bible Software, and is currently working on a Septuagint translation project with Logos and on a commentary on Ephesians in the new Rhetoric of Religious Antiquities Series with Deo Publishers.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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