Paul Within Paganism Symposium 2024

The apostle Paul was a figure at the intersection of Jewish, Roman, Hellenistic, and various local cultures of the Greco-Roman world. To understand Paul is to situate him at the cross-section of cults, customs, economics, empire, provinces, politics, family, farms, markets, magic, philosophy, languages, and social mores of antiquity. Scholars continue to study Paul within this environment and analyse the interface between Paul and this pre-Christian “pagan” world.  

To this end, Ridley College is holding a one-day scholarly symposium on Paul within Paganism on Monday 22 July 2024, the day before the annual meeting of the Society of New Testament Studies conference at the Australian Catholic University (23 – 27 July 2024).  

Ridley College is located on the north side of Melbourne city centre, close to the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne University. SNTS members and local scholars are invited to submit a proposal if they wish to present at the symposium.  

Call For Papers

Paper proposals should include a 100 – 150 word abstract by 31 March 2024 and be related to one of the following topics:  

  1. Paul and Greco-Roman Ethics; 
  2. Paul and the Social Aspects of the Greco-Roman Culture;  
  3. Paul and “Pagan” Theology. 

Places are limited, so please propose early! Click on the link below to submit.

There is the intention to publish the conference proceedings with a European publisher. Ridley College will attempt to finalize the accepted papers and schedule by April 2024.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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