Papyrology, Prayer and the Gospel of Matthew
Annual Leon Morris Lecture

When: Thursday 10th May, 5:15 pm refreshments for 5:45 pm lecture

Speaker: Dr Michael Theophilos

The Leon Morris Lecture is an annual lecture in New Testament studies in memory of Leon Morris, the fifth principal of Ridley College and world-class New Testament scholar.

This lecture explores the theology of prayer in Matthew’s gospel through the lens of the study of ancient papyri. It uses insights from the study of ancient manuscripts and archaeology to shed light on the subject of what the Gospel of Matthew teaches us about prayer.

Dr Michael P. Theophilos is senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He is currently writing a volume for the Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament [Papyrological Commentary on the New Testament] series, to be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen. This work, and much of his research, focuses on the corpus of Greek papyri, ostraca and tablets that are able to illuminate the historical, social and linguistic context of the New Testament. He is also writing a monograph on the use of numismatic inscriptions in Greek lexicography. Dr Theophilos has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching biblical languages and history.

2018 Leon Morris Lecture

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