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Two Spring 2016 Conferences

Cletus Hull presents papers at EGLBS 2016 and the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.

Recently, I presented papers at two different conferences.

On March 10, 11, 2016, I attended the EGLBS 2016 (Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society) at Mohican State Park & Conference Center in Loudonville, Ohio. My paper “The Purpose of Suffering and Glory in the Pauline Eschatology of Christ’s Parousia in 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10” entered under the category of Pauline Eschatology. About my paper:

The purpose of this exegetical study of 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 juxtaposes the biblical concepts of suffering and glory within the eschatological theology of Paul’s Thessalonian correspondence. Recognizing the historical and biblical background of the text creates a foundation for exposing the Pauline eschatology of suffering and glory. The outcome of the paper reveals the kingdom understanding that suffering must precede God’s glory in the life of his people.

Mohican State Park, Ohio, with 900 acre lake in view.

A pleasant surprise at this conference was meeting a colleague in the ministry I had not seen in many years. He had attended my ordination into the Christian ministry 27 years ago.

On April 1, 2, 2016, I attended the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, held at Johnson University in Knoxville Tennessee. I presented two papers. The first paper was, “The Eschatology of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran.” About my paper:

The proposal for this paper reveals the evident eschatology within the Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) documents, specifically the apocalyptic genre. The Qumran community of the Second Temple Period (2TP) existed as an eschatological commune, asserting the key themes of judgment and salvation in their eschatology. Specific attention in the research uncovers the meaning of numbers, the notion of messiah, the Teacher of Righteousness, and later apocalypses’ awareness of this eschatological motif. The overall narrative of the DSS eschatology strengthens the meaning of Qumran’s metahistory. For this reason, the 2TP opens the path for the reception of the forthcoming eschatology of Jesus the Nazarene.

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Category: In Depth, Spring 2016

About the Author: Cletus L. Hull, III, M.Div. (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry), D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (Regent University), has served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 30 years and psychiatric chaplain for 28 years. He also teaches courses in New Testament at Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, Pennsylvania. He has researched the growing Disciples of Christ churches in Puerto Rico and has an interest in the significance of the Stone-Campbell churches in American Christianity. His article, "My Church is a Mental Hospital" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Healing Line. Twitter: @cletus_hull, Facebook, www.CletusHull.com

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