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Papyrology, Prayer and the Gospel of Matthew

Annual Leon Morris Lecture

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 former principal Leon Morris.

This lecture explores the theology of prayer in Matthew’s gospel through the lens of contemporaneous ancient papyri and ostraca. This paper is part of the larger Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament project, for which Michael is currently writing the volume entitled, ‘The Matthean and Lukan Sondergut’. The commentary series examines all published papyri, ostraca, and tablets (of which there are approximately 70,000), and evaluates their contribution to the contemporary historical, social, and linguistic contextualization of the New Testament documents.

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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