Instructor: Jeremy Hultin
Date: Friday, March 25, 1:00 – 6:00 pm | Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.
This course explores the Gospel of Luke, focusing on the themes it sets forth programmatically in Jesus’ inaugural sermon: “good news for the poor”; “release for the captives”; “freedom for the oppressed”; and “the Favorable Year of the Lord.” Students examine how these topics recur throughout Luke’s narrative, looking closely at the complexities of Jesus’ teachings on economic and societal injustices. The goal is to gain a fuller understanding of what categories like “poor,” “oppressed,” and “captive” meant in Jesus’ time, and how he and his followers envisioned the reversal, renewal, and revolution that might usher in the kingdom of God. This historical and literary analysis can enrich the ways we draw on Luke to inform and inspire our contemporary application and activism.
About Jeremy Hultin
Professor Jeremy Hultin comes to Union from Perth, Australia, where he was Lecturer in New Testament at Murdoch University, and where he worked with Anglican ordinands at Wollaston Theological College, from 2012-2016. Before that, he taught New Testament at Yale Divinity School from 2003-2012.
Dr. Hultin is interested broadly in the history, language, and literature of ancient Judaism and Christianity, as well as in the broader study of philosophy and religion in the Mediterranean.
Dr. Hultin’s first book, The Ethics of Obscene Speech in Early Christianity and Its Environment (Brill 2008), examined early Christian rhetoric about foul language in the broader context of ancient discussions about the nature and propriety of speech. Work on that book prompted an ongoing interest in the ways that gender, status, and ethnicity figure in ancient discussions of speech, and the way that social realities are revealed—and shaped—by discourse about how to talk. In 2010, Dr. Hultin co-founded a new Society of Biblical Literature Unit called “Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World,” which has brought together scholars from various disciplines.
Dr. Hultin has also completed a translation (with notes) for a bi-lingual edition of Hippolytus’s Commentary on Daniel, which will be published in SBL’s Writings from the Greco-Roman World series. Hippolytus’s Commentary is of special interest, as it is the earliest surviving Christian commentary on a book of the Hebrew Bible; furthermore, it is valuable source of information about Christian practice and belief at the turn of the third century.
Dr. Hultin is currently working on several projects, the largest of which is a commentary for the Hermeneia series on Jude and 2 Peter.