This lecture deals with the kingdom law as it was instituted by Jesus: you shall love your neighbour as yourself. While this phrase has come to mean many things, this talk will work through the biblical account of this command: from its first appearance in Leviticus 19, through Jesus’ reissuing it as one half of the summative law, to its reappearance in Romans, Galatians, and James. This talk asks the question of what this command meant biblically, where it consistently appears amidst calls to holiness, and what it means practically, as we seek to live out Christ’s transforming love in our culture.
Mariam Kamell is Assistant Professor, New Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver. The majority of Mariam Kamell’s research has centred on the epistle of James, with an MA thesis on the role of “wisdom” in the epistle and a PhD thesis on the soteriology of the epistle. Both of these projects involved extensive work in both Jewish wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible and Intertestamental period as well as in the gospel of Matthew. Mariam Kamell has co-authored a commentary on James (Zondervan), has published several articles in books and journals, and is currently working on a biblical theology of social justice (for Zondervan).
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