The lecture takes as its starting point the arrival of Paul in Rome. It attempts to reconstruct the atmosphere for Jews and Christians in Neronian Rome at that point, to consider the attitude of the Roman government toward them, to discern their relations with one another, and to ask what Paul might have anticipated when he chose to appeal to the emperor and present his case before the imperial throne.
Erich S. Gruen is the Gladys Rehard Wood Professor Emeritus at U.C., Berkeley. His most recent books include, Diaspora: Jews amidst Greeks and Romans (Harvard University Press) and Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (Princeton University Press). For more information about Professor Emeritus Gruen, please visit http://history.berkeley.edu/people/erich-s-gruen
John J. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School.
Sponsored by Yale University’s Divinity School, Department of Classics, and Judaic Studies Program.