Markus Barth (1915–1994) is the former professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the University of Basel. He made signal and lasting contributions to Pauline scholarship and New Testament theology more generally, and is well known for his particular interest in the questions surrounding justification, baptism and eucharist, and Christian—Jewish relations. He was also, as Dikran Hadidian once put it, a man who chose ‘through his life and scholarship, spoken and written, to break down walls and barriers of race, religion, and color’, in witness to Christ’s own saving demolition of walls of enmity (Eph. 2:14).
Through his vision and initiative, Markus Barth was instrumental in the creation of the Karl Barth Society of North America. His father, Karl Barth, acknowledged the profound personal influence of Markus’ work when he wrote in the introduction to Church Dogmatics IV/4, that ‘without following him closely, without cashing in to a large extent on his work, I could hardly have made the reorientation in my own doctrine of baptism’.
The Center for Barth Studies—which is honored to curate Markus Barth’s literary estate within the archives and special collections of the Princeton Seminary Library—is now delighted to be marking the recent centenary of his birth. It has invited a select group of former students, fellow New Testament scholars, and theologians to contribute to a research symposium with a view to illuminating and celebrating the enduring legacy of his life and work on September 27-29. This three day symposium will explore the following themes in relation to Markus Barth’s legacy: Markus’ contributions to NT studies, the Christian rites of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the doctrine of reconciliation (living the “one-ness” of the People of God in Judaism and Christianity).
The cost of registration for the event is $80.
This fee includes breakfast and lunch on all three days of the event along with refreshments.
Princeton Seminary faculty and students do not have to pay a fee.
4:00-6:30 PM – Registration - Theron Room, Library
7:30-8:00 AM – Registration - Theron Room, Library
8:00-9:00 AM – Breakfast - Mackay Dining Hall
9:00 – 10:00 AM – Speaker 1 - David MacLachlan - “Like Son, like Father? Did Markus influence Karl’s thinking on baptism?” - Theron Room, Library
10:00 – 10:30 AM –Break (coffee and refreshments outside Theron Room)
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Speaker 2 - Ross Wagner - “The Drama of Justification: Markus Barth’s Rechtfertigung” - Theron Room, Library
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Speaker 3 - Paul Nimmo - “Markus Barth on the Lord’s Supper - An Ecumenical Dissenter” - Theron Room, Library
2:30 – 7:30 PM –Break (coffee and refreshments outside Theron Room)
7:30 – 9:00 PM – After dinner talk - Joseph Small - “The World of the Bible: Always Strange, Eternally New. Markus Barth as Teacher” - Theron Room, Library
8:00-9:00 AM – Breakfast - Mackay Dining Hall
9:00-10:00 AM – Speaker 4 - Randi Rashkover - “Markus Barth’s Theology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Pragmatic Review” - Theron Room, Library
10:00-10:30 AM –Break (coffee and refreshments outside Theron Room)
10:30-11:30 AM – Speaker 5 - Philip Ziegler - “Peace Through the Cross: the Salvation of Jews and Gentiles” - Theron Room, Library
12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall
1:30-2:30 PM – Speaker 6 - Mark Lindsay - “Jewish-Christian Relations from the Underside: Markus Barth’s Correspondence with Michael Wyschogrod and Emil Fackenheim, 1962-1984” - Theron Room, Library
2:30 – 7:30 PM – Break (coffee and refreshments outside Theron Room)
7:30-9:00 PM – After dinner talk - Stephen Crocco - Theron Room, Library
8:00 – 9:00 – Continental Breakfast, Lobby of the Erdman Campus Center
9:30 – 11:00 – Closing Remarks - Theron Room, Library
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall
Lodging will be available again this year at Princeton Seminary’s Erdman Center. Details about the Erdman Center can be found here. The nightly lodging rates range from $55-$90 depending upon the room you choose. All charges for lodging at the Erdman Center are paid upon arrival at the Erdman Center.
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