Oxford scholar headlines conference on St Paul

Fr Nicholas King SJ (Diocese of Broken Bay)

The phrase “it’s all Greek to me” does not apply to Fr Nicholas King SJ, an acclaimed international biblical scholar and Fellow in New Testament at Oxford who will present on St Paul at next month’s Broken Bay Bible Conference.

Fr King has translated the whole Bible from the Greek Septuagint (a 2nd century BCE translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) and from the New Testament into his own English translation. As a Jesuit, he has spent his life teaching, at secondary and tertiary level, and is a gifted educator.

Also bringing much expertise to the conference is Dr Catherine Playoust, Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Theological College University of Divinity in Melbourne, who holds a licentiate from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a doctorate from Harvard Divinity School; and Bishop David Walker, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Broken Bay, who represents the Australian Catholic Bishops at the Catholic Biblical Federation.

The topic of the Conference, to be held on 27-28 July, is "St Paul; Persecutor to Preacher".

“The conference, proudly sponsored by The Bible Society, will allow us to look more closely at the man who had such a profound impact on the early Church,” the Diocese of Broken Bay says in a statement.

“Paul was ideally equipped to cross the boundaries of language, culture and religion, as he was Greek-speaking from the Jewish diaspora, a Pharisee, and a Roman citizen, giving him the perfect platform from which to announce the Gospel to everyone. He did this with great zeal, building up faith communities along the way; and his letters to the early Church communities are among the earliest written documents in the New Testament.”

The conference includes the celebration of Mass presided by Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay; a panel presentation; and a conference dinner on the Friday.


Learn more about St Paul at the Broken Bay Bible Conference (Diocese of Broken Bay)

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