Keynote Speakers

N.T. Wright is a biblical scholar, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, and current Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews. He studied for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and was ordained at Merton College, Oxford. Wright holds a Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University in addition to several honorary doctorates. Wright has also written over sixty books, including the multi-volume work Christian Origins and the Question of God, including The New Testament and the People of God (1992), Jesus and the Victory of God (1996), The Resurrection of the Son of God (2003), and, most recently, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013). In addition, Wright is publishing two recent volumes to accompany PFG: Paul and His Recent Interpreters (2014) and Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 (2013).

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is a Pauline scholar who in 2013 began her role as Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation in the department of religion at Baylor University, after serving as Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she has taught for 21 years. She is the author or editor of 14 books, including From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament (1986); Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus (1999); Our Mother Saint Paul (2007); and commentaries on the Thessalonian correspondence and the Book of Acts. She also has published more than 70 articles and essays and is currently writing a commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Romans for the widely acclaimed New Testament Library Series.

J. Ross Wagner is a Pauline scholar who in 2013 began his role as Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School after teaching New Testament for fifteen years at Princeton Theological Seminary. Specializing in Paul’s letters and in Septuagint studies, he seeks to contribute to the recovery of theological exegesis through careful investigation of the ways scriptural interpretation shaped early Jewish and Christian communities.  His publications include Heralds of the Good News: Paul and Isaiah in Concert in the Letter to the Romans (2002), Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9–11 (co-edited with Florian Wilk, 2010), and, most recently, Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (2013). His current project is a book-length treatment of the Old Testament in the New.